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Just a few of our wildlife highlights


Wood warbler at Ashridge © David Hutchinson

The Plym River is home to heron, kingfisher, cormorant and dipper. In the woods listen out for the sounds of woodpeckers, wood warblers, tree pipits and jays; you may even catch the sight of a buzzard soaring above the tree tops.


Wood warbler at Ashridge © Bernie Brown

The best time to see bats is at dusk, during the warmer months. Here in the Plym Valley you can see Daubenton bats at the conservation pond in the meadow in Plymbridge Woods. Pipistrelle bats can be seen under Cann Viaduct. We also have guided bat walks; contact us for more information.


The best time to see adders is in early spring © Steve Waterhouse

Take a look for frogs and toads by the river, canal and ponds, whilst you may spot adders and lizards basking on the south facing scree slopes.

Butterflies and wildflowers

In spring and summer the meadows and woodland come alive with colourful wildflowers, which in turn attract a variety of butterflies such as small heath and brimstone. The pungent smell of wild garlic also fills the air.