Bat Walks at The Donkey Sanctuary this summer

The Donkey Sanctuary invites you to join their Wildlife & Conservation Coordinator on evening strolls to find out about resident bats at the Sanctuary’s headquarters.

During the Bat Walk, you will be taken around the woods, fields and hedges at Slade House Farm and shown how to use a bat detector so that you can listen for different species of bat as they fly and hunt for insects.

The Sanctuary has been working with Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project to improve the habitat for bats on their UK farms. These Bat Walks provide the opportunity to learn more about bats,...

RSPB - Heath and Quarry walks - East Devon Heath Week

Event Date: 
28/07/2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
RSPB Aylesbeare Common, Exmouth Road, Aylesbeare, EX5 2JS

Thursday 28 July 10 am-noon or 2 pm-4 pm Price: Free, donations welcomed.

Booking essential A fascinating and rare opportunity to go behind the scenes of this working quarry with Aggregate Industries, Clinton Devon Estates and the RSPB to discover more about these sites and future plans to recreate heathland habitats once quarrying has ceased.

A choice of times: 10 am-12 noon 2 pm-4 pm Booking essential. Click here to bookvia Eventbrite. Meet point: Blackhill Quarry near Woodbury (SY 028 859), meet in the small car park opposite Blackhill Quarry Entrance.

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'Ghastly goatsuckers' at RSPB Aylesbeare nature reserve

Event Date: 
20/06/2016 - 8:30pm to 07/07/2016 - 9:15pm
RSPB Aylesbeare Common, Exmouth Road, Aylesbeare, Devon, EX5 2JS

Thursday 26 May to Thursday 7 July Evening walks. Selected dates only. Start times vary (see below) Price: £4 Adults, £2 Children

Booking essential

Join us for a night time walk in search of the eerie goatsucker (just one of the folklore names given to nightjars!).

We'll also be on the lookout for bats and glow worms and other things that go bump in the night!

Thursday 26 May, 8.30 pm till late Thursday 16 June, 9 pm till late Thursday 7 July, 9.15 pm till late

Booking essential. Click here to book via Eventbrite.

Meet Point: reserve car park...

Mother's Day at Killerton

Event Date: 
06/03/2016 - 11:00am
Killerton, Broadclyst, near Exeter, EX5 3LE

Spend a relaxing day at Killerton with mum. You can take a stroll around the tranquil grounds and see the garden bursting into life. Make a day of it and book a table in the Killerton Kitchen restaurant for a lovingly prepared lunch. £

Take a peek at the menu: http://bit.ly/MothersDayKillerton

Booking essential on 01392 881345.

Normal admission fees apply to Killerton and the restaurant.

For full details visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/killerton

New circular walks launched in East Devon

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Thu, 10/08/2015 - 11:35am

Autumn is a perfect time to explore the countryside, so East Devon District Council's Countryside team would like to invite walkers to enjoy a circular guided autumn ramble on Saturday 24 October, from 10am-1pm, around Knapp Copse, one of East Devon’s most beautiful nature reserves, near Sidmouth.

This event officially launches a new collection of 14 new circular walks - devised by the East Devon Ramblers - leading off from the East Devon Way, the 40 mile inland route from Exmouth to Lyme Regis.

The new circular routes incorporate a fabulous selection of walks, which...

Walking for Health in Exeter

A new weekly walk, suitable for all ages and abilities, is starting in Exeter on Wednesday 15 July.

Every Wednesday, walkers will have the choice to join the short walk (30 minutes walking time), there will be the option to relax in the park or take part in games.

The terrain is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Those who wish to walk longer will carry on, walking for 75 minutes.

Everyone will meet back at the café at the Riverside afterwards - time to have a chat and drink.

This walk is part of the Walking for Health project, England’s...

Bring out your wild side

When we stop and think, we all know that nature is good for us – but how often do we stop and think?

Devon Wildlife Trust has launched My Wild Life which encourages us all to stop for a minute to reflect on what wildlife means to us and think about how to make wildlife part of our everyday lives.

If we did this, not only would wildlife benefit, but so would we – because contact with nature is good for us. Those people lucky enough to live near and experience green spaces have a 50% chance of being more healthy – both physically and mentally and are 40% less likely to become...

Little walks for little (and grown-up) people in East Devon

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:36am

On Sunday 15 March children are invited to make a natural present for mum at ‘Making Mothers’ Day special’ at the Younghayes Centre in Cranbrook, EX5 7DR.

This free event is suitable for all ages and there is no need to book. Accompanied children may drop in between 10am and 12.30pm to create a unique gift of wooden jewellery or stained glass windows with pressed flowers.

The team always aims to encourage an interest in nature from an early age, and our ‘Little ones’ walks’ use outside games and activities to introduce children under the age of seven years to our green...

Winter walks

Event Date: 
27/12/2014 - 11:00am to 04/01/2015 - 4:00pm
Castle Drogo, Drewsteignton

Wind down and warm up at Castle Drogo

Pull on your wellies, wrap up warm and take a winter walk at Castle Drogo.

Beat the post-Christmas blues and enjoy the fresh air and spectacular views overlooking the Teign gorge.

“The lovely golden light and crisp mornings make winter a great time for a stroll through the valley” says Visitor Experience Manger, Rebecca Glover. “It’s the perfect place to escape to after Christmas”

There are miles of winding paths around the Castle Drogo estate for all abilities – from a gentle one mile circular walk at the top of the...

Have a ‘wild' Christmas and re-connect with local nature

A local charity is offering people ideas for a wild Christmas with a difference.

Leading conservation charity Devon Wildlife Trust has developed a series of ideas for ‘wild Christmas escapes’ and is urging people to spend just a small part of the festive season and get away from the excesses and stresses of this time of year.

Devon Wildlife Trust’s Steve Hussey explained the idea: "Despite all the merry making Christmas can bring with it a series of challenges to our health and well-being. And if this seems a bit Scrooge-like then which of us can really say that we haven’t...