Hawkswood packs a lot into just four hectares
Walk through woodlands and across heathland in this small East Devon wildlife haven
A rich mix of heath, grassland and woodland, especially good for fungi hunting and butterfly spotting.
Hawkswood isn't a big place and will probably only take you 45 minutes to wander around. But in its four hectares it does manage to pack a lot in.
This reserve is a mix of heathland, grassland and woodland. Its wildlife is diverse too with dragonflies, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals all being regularly spotted here.
Sulphur tuft. Photo: Kevin New
First for fungi
Butterflies and fungi are two of Hawkswood's stars. Purple hairstreak, green hairstreak, pearl bordered fritillary and marbled white butterflies have all been recorded, along with more than 300 kinds of fungi.
Signs along the trackway approach to the nature reserve indicate that visitors have no right of way. This is incorrect, you are permitted to use this track to access the nature reserve.