Board walk at Bystock Pools nature reserve

Bystock Pools. Photo, Dave Chamberlain

A lake, heathland and meadows go to make a wonderfully diverse nature reserve.

Location

Bystock Pools
Nr Exmouth
EX8 5EB (gets you close to the reserve's entrance)

OS Map Reference

SY 033 844
A static map of Bystock Pools

Know before you go

Size
27 hectares

Entry fee

No

Grazing animals

Yes

Walking trails

Routes around the reserves are clearly marked with paths, allow 1 hour to complete a circular walk

Access

A short access for all path leads around the reservoir, the rest of the reserves has boardwalks and rough paths. Routes around the reserves are clearly marked with paths. Contact the Trust for disabled access information

Dogs

On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

This is one of Devon Wildlife Trust's most popular nature reserves - and it's easy to see why.

Bystock has great variety. Visit and you'll find yourself stopping to take in beautiful views across a lily-pad filled lake, strolling through heathland on boardwalks, and climbing the gentle slopes of a wildflower meadow. 

Contact us

Devon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01392 279244

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

Location map

Golden-ringed dragonfly at Bystock Pools

Golden-ringed dragonfly. Photo, Chris root

Dragonfly heaven

The nature reserve is well-known for its dragonflies and damselflies which in spring and summer dance across the surface of its open water and heathland. Look out for emperor, downy emerald and golden-ringed dragonflies as they fly around you.

Bystock is good for birds too. Head for its heathland to see willow warblers, blackcaps and stonechats. On summer evenings listen for the weird and wonderful calls of nightjars

Look for the light

Summer evenings are also the time to look out for bats at Bystock, and for the lights of glow worms as the females signal for a mate from the grass of the reserve's meadow.

Bystock is cared for by a very active group of local volunteers. Say hello to them as they help to keep this special place in tip-top condition!

Download our new 'mindfulness trail' designed by Clare Carter.

Lily pads on Bystock pools

Photo, Dave Chamberlain

Plan your visit and begin to explore

You can begin to plan your visit to Bystock Pools using our free download nature reserve leaflet. And to plan a longer walk starting at the nature reserve use the Bystock wild walk guide.  

Bystock is also part of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths. East Budleigh Common and the East Devon Way are within an easy walk. 

Swimming and boating is not permitted at Bystock Pools nature reserve.

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Bystock Pool's film, access improvements, interpretation signage and habitat improvements made in 2017 were supported by TESCO bags of help

Bystock Pools nature reserve leaflet

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