East Dartmoor consists of three adjacent sites: 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: a superb mixture of ancient oak woods, open heathland, bogs, flower meadows and streams.
Why visit: there’s something for everyone, from stunning scenery and panoramic views over Dartmoor and the coast, to great picnic spots, a range of walks and loads of wildlife to watch and photograph.
Star species: look out for pied flycatchers, woodpeckers and wood warblers in the woods, Dartford warblers, ponies and fritillary butterflies around the moorland, and dippers along the River Bovey.
Access: the reserve is entirely open access, with an extensive network of footpaths, bridleways and tracks, as well as self-guided trails.
Other nearby attractions: these include the iconic Haytor Rocks, the beautiful Becky Falls Woodland Park, and the intriguing House of Marbles.
At the reserve office you can find up to date wildlife news, information boards, volunteer opportunities and details of events. Natural England staff are usually on hand to help with enquiries
Natural England Office
Tel: 01626 832330
Other NNRs in the area