Wildlife at Ashclyst Forest

Ashclyst Forest is one of the largest woods in East Devon and a haven for butterflies, bluebells and birds.

Ashclyst is home to many species of wildlife and is the perfect place to connect with nature and listen to the birdsong.

Wildlife at Ashclyst Forest

The forest is well known for its wildlife. Bluebells carpet the woodland floor in spring, deer can be spotted, and nesting birds fill the tree top canopy, with nightjars churring in summer evenings. 

Ashclyst is home to many creatures
A rabbit hiding in undergrowth in Ashclyst Forest
Ashclyst is home to many creatures

Butterflies are the main wildlife attraction in Ashclyst. The mix of habitats supports a great variety, though they fly at different times of the year. The rarest butterflies are the white admiral, small pearl-bordered fritillary, dark green fritillary, purple emperor and silver-washed fritillary. You can expect to see orange-tip, ringlet, common blue, large skipper, gatekeeper, speckled wood, marbled-white and green-veined white too. 

Pearl bordered Fritillary butterfly in Ashclyst Forest
A vibrant orange butterfly with open wings
Pearl bordered Fritillary butterfly in Ashclyst Forest

 

A bat being handled by a bat expert

Bats at Killerton

We're batty about bats! A team of expert volunteers are making exciting discoveries about the bats that live on the Killerton estate.

A dormouse curls up a trained handler's hand

Killerton's Dormouse Monitoring Programme

As some of our rangers are trained handlers, we're able to monitor our dormouse population between April and October, as part of the National Dormouse Monitoring Programme.