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.

Species and habitats

Grassland, Heathland, Wetland, Woodland
Purple Hairstreak, Bell Heather

Nearby nature reserves

The Rough
4 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust
Bickham Wood
8 miles - Somerset Wildlife Trust
Venn Ottery
9 miles - Devon Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

3 miles south east of Honiton. Between Honiton and Northleigh.
EX14 9SW (gets you near)
Map reference
SY 200 978
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Best time to visit
Apr - Nov
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4.00 hectares
Paths are narrow, wet and rough. This site can be hard to find. Way marked trail guides a way throught the wet mire and woodland.
Walking information
Way marked trail guides a way throught the wet mire and woodland.
Limited parking at the start of the track that leads to the reserve. Please park consideratley.
Dogs under effective control
Grazing animals
Reserve manager
Devon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01392 279244


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