Access to this Devon Wildlife Trust managed nature reserve/site
We recognise access to nature is hugely important to wellbeing, but at this difficult time, we need to have the health of our staff and the community at the forefront of our mind - including neighbours to our nature reserves. Nature reserve car parks are therefore temporarily closed, and we are asking people not to drive/travel to our sites. For those who live locally and may be accessing sites for the purposes of their daily exercise, we ask that everyone observe government restrictions on outdoor access and ensure guidelines on social distancing are always followed.
Please be aware that key staff will be accessing this site for regular livestock and health and safety checks.
Advice and rules on public access may change. Please keep up to date on the status of access to our sites and also to benefit from lots of great information about our work, about wildlife and about how you can take action for Devon’s stunning natural environment, by visiting www.devonwildlifetrust.org and by following us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram
Our work for local wildlife continues and remains as important as ever. To find out more about ways in which you can help and enjoy wildlife at home and how to support our work visit www.devonwildlifetrust.org/support-us
Know before you go
3 routes of various length. Minimum 40 minutes.
Way marked routes, wet in places. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times
Best time to visitApril to October
About the reserve
Andrew's Wood is a perfect slice of the beautiful South Hams landscape. From the top of the reserve views stretch over the undulating hills as far as the eye can see.
The nature reserve holds a secret. In the 19th century Andrew's Wood was known as Stanton Moor. In those times it looked very different with scattered farms, open fields and few trees. Today's landscape is a comparatively new one.
How to get to Andrew's Wood
Which way to wildlife?
A network of paths lets you choose the direction to take. Whichever way you decide to go you're bound to encounter wildlife on the way.
Andrew's Wood mix of ponds, meadows, glades and, of course, woodland provides the backdrop to a rich mix of wildlife. This is the place to see woodland birds and wildflowers, amphibians and reptiles, fungi and lichens, moths and butterflies. The reserve seems to have it all.
Look out too for our herd of Exmoor ponies as they graze the meadows and woodland glades of Andrew's Wood.
These ponies play a vital part in the lives of one of the nature reserve's most special residents - the heath lobelia. The ponies' hooves create bare patches without which the plant could not set its seed.
The heath lobelia is now thought to exist at just six places in England. It shows off its deep purple flower spikes in July and August each year. Like so many other wildflowers it has disappeared from our wider countryside, but at Andrew's Wood it continues to flourish.
Part of a bigger picture
Andrew's Wood lies in the area covered by our Avon Valley Project - a pioneering landscape initiative which is working with local communities and especially landowners to improve this wonderful part of Devon for wildlife.
Become a member and support our work
The vital work we do for nature depends on the support of people who care about the future of Devon’s wildlife and wild places.