Summer wildlife in the South West

Summer is a wonderful time to see wildlife in gardens and countryside across the South West. Find out where to see bees and butterflies, seals, birds and much more, as well as some of the work that we're doing to give nature a helping hand.

Places to visit in the South West 

See the full list of gardens and outdoor spaces we care for in the South West which are open by county, and how to book to visit.

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks and countryside locations are open to visit. Shops are also open and outdoor seating is available at some cafés. Subject to government confirmation, we're planning to reopen houses in England and Wales from 17 May, and in Northern Ireland from 24 May. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. When space is available, particularly on weekdays, pre-booking isn't always necessary. But to guarantee entry, please always book in advance, especially at busier times like weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.

Hunting for butterflies

Where to see butterflies in the South West 

Searching for butterflies satisfies the urge to search within us and photographing them is a great hobby.

A four-spotted chaser dragonfly

Summer wildlife in Studland Bay

Take a step back from the beach and meet the wild creatures that also make Studland Bay their summer playground.

 A boy crouches over a rockpool looking for creatures on the beautiful wave cut platform at Birling Gap beach

Wildlife to spot on the South West coast this summer 

Rockpools are great places to find all sorts of fascinating species, and with every tide a different set of creatures call them home.

Aerial view of stunning Hambledon Hill

Hambledon's archaeology and wildlife to benefit from grant

A new project will help to protect this stunning hillfort, important for its archaeology and its wildlife.

Cape Cornwall

Hay Meadows at Cape Cornwall

Rare bees have found their home in the hay meadows at Cape Cornwall. Read about how we manage the meadows for the benefit to wildlife.

Large Blue butterfly

Summer wildlife spotting in Somerset

This summer test out your nature spotting skills.

Arable weeds at Boscregan Farm

Arable Weeds at Boscregan Farm

Conservation work with our tenant farmer has ensured that these rare purple flowers have come out in great numbers in West Cornwall.

A murmuration of starlings

The wildlife through the seasons

This landscape provides habitats and protection for many plants and creatures. From skylarks to wildflowers there is a new picture painted by every season.