Improving access for all on our nature reserves
Access to Devon Wildlife Trust managed nature reserves/sites
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
A gateway to the natural world
Our nature reserves aren’t just havens for some of Devon’s most spectacular wildlife, they also act as a gateway to the natural world for thousands of people
Making accessibility better for you
However, access to each one of our 50 nature reserves isn’t necessarily straightforward. Some are located miles from public transport, while the varied terrain of others can make them challenging for visitors, especially those with a specific mobility or sensory abilities.
We’ve been working to improve accessibility. So far we’ve concentrated our effort on some of our key nature reserves providing easier access for as wide a range of visitors as possible.
We realise that where we’re at isn’t perfect, but things are improving all the time. Our aim is to keep on widening provision for all to Devon’s wildlife and wild places.
Plan your visit here
Use this list of nature reserves where we’ve worked to improve access. Follow the nature reserve links to plan your visit...
Here an easy access pathway and boardwalks lead visitors around a beautiful lake. A chance to see dragonflies and water birds.
A boardwalk and viewing platform gives the South West’s only easy access to Culm grassland with its summertime displays of butterflies and wildflowers.
An all-purpose easy access path leads through the nature reserve and through its patchwork of woodland and grassland.
A series of colour-coded trails allow good access through this massive former clay quarry. Excellent for butterfly and birdwatching. The Tarka Trail links this reserve to a viewing platform which looks out across our nearby Ashmoor nature reserve.
An easy access path leads into this woodland nature reserve to reveal good views of the Tamar Estuary.
And don't forget our visitor centres...
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