Become a nature detective in Devon

The great outdoors is a haven for wildlife and is the perfect place for kids to discover creatures and get closer to nature. Here are some ideas of places to go to encourage them to become nature detectives.

You can take in views of the South Devon coastline from your kayak at South Milton Sands

The Rock: Watersports Weekend

The Rock: Watersports Weekend 2018 at South Milton Sands returns over the weekend 16 and 17 June. Exploring the beautiful blue waters of South Devon, it’s a brilliant opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to try lots of activities, including kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, beach volleyball and rockpooling. New for this year - Mono-fin swimming.

Visitors wildlife spotting from Greenway Boathouse

Getting closer to nature at Greenway 

Greenway's relaxed woodland garden on the edge of the River Dart is the perfect place for a bit of wildlife watching in early summer. Find out the best places to visit in the garden for nature spotting and what you may see there.

A Daubenton's bat

Bats at Killerton

A team of expert volunteers are making exciting discoveries about the bats that live on the Killerton estate.

A view of the Knot Garden at Compton Castle, Devon

Fun for families at Compton Castle

Little ones love castles, and at Compton there is plenty to keep them enchanted. They can dress up in medieval costumes, play traditional games in the garden, and complete the spotter and history trails. There's also the Big Butterfly Count to look forward to.

A nature detective peering out from bamboo

Top tips for nature detectives at Coleton Fishacre

Coleton Fishacre garden is a haven for wildlife; its combination of flower borders, woodland, grassland and streams create a variety of habitats for many creatures. Find out some things kids can look out for on your visit, to encourage them to become nature detectives.

Children playing in the wilderness at Arlington Court

Outdoor adventures at Arlington

With beautiful woodland walks, wild play areas and secret den building sites, Arlington is a great place to get outdoors and play.

Childern discovering a crab in a rockpool

Discover creatures in the rockpools

One of the best places in the country for a spot of rockpooling, the rock pools here are teeming with life such as limpets, sea anemones, crabs and starfish. You can see a whole world encapsulated in one small pool.

Discover creepy critters in the rock pools

Rockpooling at South Milton Sands

Check the tide times and discover an amazing, underwater world as the sea goes out. The pools here are teeming with life such as limpets, sea anemones, crabs and starfish, see what you can find hiding among the rocks.

Discover creepy critters in the rock pools

Beach fun sundays

Create some wild art, explore the rock pools or have a go at flying a kite. All these activities and more are being run by the East Devon rangers on Sunday afternoons on Branscombe beach.

A still sea perfect for paddle boarding

Jurassic Paddle

Explore the Jurassic coastline on a paddle board with our partners Exmouth Watersports. Take a two hour trip with an experienced guide and see this World Heritage Site from a different perspective.

Two men paddle a National Trust canoe

Dave Halsall - Singing Paddles

Discover the secrets of the Salcombe estuary with David Halsall from Singing Paddles. Book a taster or day trip and explore hidden coves, shipwrecks and a shore teeming with wildlife.