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Bovey Heathfield

Paths lead you through a heathland landscape of gorse and heather. A great place to spot secretive reptiles and nightjars.

This is one of the best remaining examples of the heathland landscape which once dominated this part of Devon.


Take any one of a number of paths to explore the reserve's heather and gorse covered landscape. As you go look out for basking reptiles - common lizards, adders and grass snakes all live here.


Nightjar sat on ground showing off its wonderful camouflage


A place with magic

Early summer brings a long-distance migrant. On still, warm evenings the magical bird the nightjar can be heard and seen at Bovey Heathfield. Its curious calls are one of the wonders of nature, an experience not to be missed.


Nor should you miss out on the the reserve's late summer show of colour. Pinks and purples of three types of heather contrast with the butter yellow of surrounding gorse bushes.


Relax and take your time

This was once a landscape which was scarred and rutted by illegal off-road cars and motorbikes. Now it's a tranquil place to go. Relax against a backdrop of Dartmoor in the distance.


The Wray Valley Trail passes by the reserve making it easily accessible on foot or bike. Our Teigngrace Meadow nature reserve is only a 20 minute walk or 10 minute cycle ride away.


If you like heathland you can also combine a visit to this nature reserve with one to nearby Chudleigh Knighton Heath - just 10 minutes away by road. These two reserves plus nearby Little Bradley Ponds make up our 4.5 mile Bovey Basin Wild Walk.

Species and habitats

Heathland, Standing water, Woodland
Yellowhammer, Common Lizard

Nearby nature reserves

Little Bradley Ponds
1 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Teigngrace Meadow
1 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Chudleigh Knighton Heath
1 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Outskirts of Bovey Tracey. The Wray Valley cycle trail borders the reserve.
Bovey Tracey
TQ12 6TU
Map reference
SX 824 765
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Best time to visit
Jan - Dec
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23.50 hectares
There are several routes around the reserves. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
There are several routes around the reserves. Allow 1 hour to explore.
Parking is allowed along the sides of the track leading to the reserve
Dogs allowed
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Devon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01392 279244


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