A rich mix of heath, grassland and woodland, especially good for fungi hunting and butterfly spotting.


3 miles south east of Honiton. Between Honiton and Northleigh.
EX14 9SW (gets you near)

OS Map Reference

SY 200 978
A static map of Hawkswood

Know before you go

4 hectares

Entry fee


Parking information

Limited parking at the start of the track that leads to the reserve. Please park considerately.

Grazing animals


Walking trails

Way marked trail guides a way through the wet mire and woodland.


Paths are narrow, wet and rough. This site can be hard to find. Way marked trail guides a way through the wet mire and woodland.


Under effective control

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit

April to November

About the reserve

Hawkswood manages to pack a lot into its four hectares. Allow 45 minutes to discover this rich woodland, looking out for the great variety of fungi which thrives here.

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.  

Contact us

Devon Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 01392 279244

Location map

Sulphur tuft

Sulphur tuft, Kevin New

First for fungi

Butterflies and fungi are 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.

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