Haldon Forest Park wildlife

About this route

Haldon Forest is a structurally diverse conifer plantation covering 3,500 acres. No fewer than five species of birds of prey breed in the forest. These include the rare goshawk, as well as hobby, sparrowhawk, buzzard and kestrel.

The Forestry Commission maintains a viewpoint offering the chance to see these magnificent birds in the flesh. There is also a bird hide which is adapted for use by wheelchairs and buggies.

The forest is also home to a wide variety of other wildlife, including dormice, Devon’s most important population of breeding nightjar, crossbills and a range of butterflies for which several areas are specifically managed. Species include wood white and a significant population of the rare pearl-bordered fritillary.

The dedicated ‘Butterfly Trail’ is a 3-mile circular route that takes you to an area specially managed for butterflies.  Over 30 species have been recorded here.

Getting Around

By road: 15 minutes from Exeter, turn off the A38 at Exeter Racecourse and follow the signs for forest walks. Pay and display car park open all year.

Facilities
Cafe, toilets, car parking and cycle hire available. Tramper 'all-terrain' mobility scooters available to hire.
Terrain
20 miles of off road routes for walkers, cyclists and horse riders. Routes vary from flat and easy to very challenging.
Accessibility

Interesting information

The park is managed by the Forestry Commission and is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is located just 15 minutes from Exeter.

Haldon Forest Park is the perfect place for children to explore nature and woodlands, build dens and have picnics, with a special sandy play area near the cafe. There are walking trails to suit everyone and safe, offroad cycling for families through to the experieced mountain biker.

Nordic walking, archery and Go Ape also available at Haldon.

 

Photo by Derek Harper

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