Wistman's Wood is one of only three remote high-altitude oakwoods on Dartmoor, Devon, England. (The other two are Black Tor Beare on the West Okement at SX565892 and Piles Copse on the River Erme at SX644620.)



The Warren is a key part the Exe Estuary Special Protection Area and Ramsar site - an area of international importance for wildlife. It provides the main roosting site for huge numbers of wading birds and wildfowl that spend the autumn and winter on the Estuary. The Warren is also designated as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for its dune grassland, humid dune slacks and the tiny, rare 'petalwort' that grows there. As well as fixed and mobile dunes, there are meadows, copses, reedbeds, ponds and saltmarsh here - and the whole sandspit is of considerable geomorphological interest.


Dawlish Warren NNR includes the full range of coastal habitats, from mudflats to sand dunes. The reserve provides shelter and food for up to 12,000 wading birds and also helps to protect the Exe Estuary from wave action, which is particularly important during storm events.

Main habitats: coastal

Management: Dawlish Warren is jointly owned and managed by Teignbridge District Council and the Devon Wildlife Trust.


Axmouth to Lyme Regis Undercliffs NNR is one of the largest and most important active coastal landslip systems in Western Europe. It stretches 7 miles in length, between Axmouth in the west and Lyme Regis in the east.

Main habitats: woodland, lowland grassland, rocky shore, cliffs.


The reserve includes the largest natural freshwater lake in south-west England. Separated from the ocean by a narrow shingle bar, the lake is surrounded by reedbeds, marshes and woodland habitats.

Main habitats: open water, marshes, woodlands

Management: Slapton Ley is managed by the Field Studies Council on behalf of the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Features of interest

Further information about the NNR, its wildlife and how to visit can be found on the Slapton Ley website.



Field Studies Council: telephone 01548 580466 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Berry Head is a National Nature Reserve. This stunning headland, with its iconic lighthouse and Napoleonic Fort, is surrounded by water on three sides and offers exceptional views across Torbay and beyond. It is Torbay’s most designated heritage site being a Special Area of Conservation, National Nature Reserve, Site of Special Scientific Interest and Scheduled Ancient Monument to name only four! The guillemot colony is protected by the only Area of Special Protection in the UK, which prohibits boats from entering the cove during their breeding season.


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A Devon Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve

Part of the massive Dawlish Warren sand spit at the mouth of the River Exe. This reserve is a vital home and migratory stopping off place for thousands of wading birds and wildfowl.


East Dartmoor consists of 3 joined but distinct areas: Yarner Wood, Trendlebere Down and the Bovey Valley Woodlands. Together they provide an excellent example of internationally important western oakwood with its associated bird and lower plant communities.

Main habitats: woodland, open heathland, bogs, former meadows and streams.


Dendles Wood NNR is an area of upland oak-beech woodland located in a narrow gorge of the River Yealm. The woodland is rich in ferns, mosses and lichens.

Main habitats: woodland


This is a hazardous site and for health and safety reasons public access is limited to permit holders. For details contact the site manager using the contact details below.

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