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 

Find out which other places in the South West are open by county, and how to book to visit.

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

We’ve opened more than 100 gardens and parks in England and Northern Ireland through advanced booking. From Monday 6 July, we’re gradually opening gardens and parklands in Wales. Tickets are released on Friday for the following week. More than 200 coast and countryside car parks are open across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. All National Trust houses remain closed for now. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.

Girl in field looking through binoculars

Look out for swifts from May to July 

May to July is the time to spot swifts on the coast. Here's everything you need to know about this declining species.

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.

Durrington Walls at the Stonehenge Landscape, Wiltshire

The wildlife of Stonehenge Landscape through the seasons

The ancient countryside provides habitats and protection for a wide variety of wildlife. Migrating birds return year after year and each season is defined by new arrivals and changing scenes. From the swooping skylarks to the wild flowers there is so much nature to behold and a new picture painted by every season.