Springwatch: The Trail

Visit Yarner Wood over the half term holidays and become a wildlife expert! This is the perfect time to visit the reserve and watch the migrant birds such as the pied flycatcher as they rush to feed their chicks, to listen to the rattling call of the wood warbler or simply marvel at the industry of the ants. For younger wildlife watchers we’ve set out a trail to help you explore and get closer to some of the wildlife. You can pick up a map from outside the office in the main car park and then follow the trail to discover hidden letterbox tubs with activities to help you discover that there is more than meets the eye to Yarner and the Bovey Valley!

The main car park is 2 miles out of Bovey Tracey on the Manaton Road, TQ13 9LJ

Ashburton’s Parishscapes Launch, Thursday 23rd April 2015

Ashburton launched their Parishscape project on Thursday evening at St Lawrence Chapel.  The project, organised by the Guild of St Lawrence will be spread over four years, and will look at all aspects of medieval Ashburton with the first year shedding light on medieval Ashburton’s bridges, roads, watercourses and buildings.  The event was well-attended by around sixty people and was followed by a lively and entertaining talk by David Crook on Beating the Bounds.  This will be the first Parishscapes project to get fully underway and it promises to involve a wide range of groups and individuals through guided walks, exhibitions, talks and school projects to complement the historical research.

Discover the wildlife of the Bovey Valley

Dust off your binoculars and meet our local wildlife experts on Saturday 9th May. East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve will be host to a festival of wildlife walks and activities from Dawn until Dusk. There will be something to suit everyone, whether you are already a keen birdwatcher or are a family making your first visit to the reserve. The day starts with a Dawn Chorus walk for those who want to get the full taste of Spring, we’ll then explore the woodland and valley surveying for small mammals and butterflies, look for minibeasts, have a go at river dipping, get an experts view on taking wildlife photographs, looking for the signs of otters and much more, finishing off with a bat walk to learn about our barbastelle bat project and go in search of some of the valleys bats.

Theme Time Who it is for
Dawn Chorus Walk 4:30am to 5:30am Adults Come and experience the mellifluous sound of the birds as they all wake up and begin their morning symphony
Bird Song Walk 8am to 9am All (children above 5 years of age) A family friendly bird walk with activities to suit
Mammal Survey Walk including Dormice 9am to 11am All (children above 5 years of age) A chance to learn how to spot signs of mammals –  we may be lucky enough to see them too.
Photographing Nature Walk 11am to 1pm Adults and older children Take a walk with a wildlife photographer
Lichens Walk 12 noon to 2pm Adults A walk to explore the lichens found here and learn more about these strange organisms
Butterfly Walk 2pm to 3pm All (Children above 5 years of age) Learn to spot and identify some of the rare butterflies found here (Weather dependent)
Reptile Walk 3pm to 4pm All Discover more about adders, slow worms and lizards with a chance, if we are lucky, to see some too.
River Dipping 4pm to 5pm Families What lurks in the watery shallows of the Bovey? Grab a net and discover the creatures from another world
Otter Walk 5pm to 6pm Adults Learn more about these elusive creatures and how to spot signs that they are in the area
Bat Walk 8pm to 10pm Adults and older children Join us as the sun sets on our wild day and look for these nocturnal creatures into the night

Booking essential. Contact Jane Craven on 0845 293 5742 or email janecraven@woodlandtrust.org.uk

Download a flyer Wildlife Discovery Day Flyer 2015

Parking will be at various locations around the reserve more details when you book