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.

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.

Emperor Dragonfly clings to its larval case midway through its hatching cycle

Wildlife at Tyntesfield

Dragonflies and deer, bats, birds and badgers, newts, hares, fungi and reptiles - the diversity of the Tyntesfield estate makes it the perfect home for a whole range of wildlife.

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.

Summer in the Pillar Garden

Summer at Hidcote

Hidcote will reach its flowering crescendo during the summer months, with striking colours, scents and relaxing spaces perfect to take in the views.

Sun shining through pine trees on Brownsea Island in Dorset

Explore the habitats

Within moments of stepping off the ferry onto Brownsea Island, the hustle and bustle of life on the mainland feels like a million miles away and the sounds of nature can soothe the soul.

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.

A close up of an Adonis Blue butterfly

Stourhead's wildlife

Stourhead is home to a huge variety of interesting birds, plants and animals. What might you spot?

A dormouse being held during checks of nesting boxes

Nature talk and tea

Want to learn more about nature and wildlife? Find out about our 'Nature talk and tea' series.

Deer on Brownsea

Wildlife experiences 2019

The long summer days provide the perfect opportunity to experience the tranquillity of island habitats out out of the main opening times. The beaches and coastlines around Brownsea are also great places to explore and paddle in the warmer months.

Children bird watching

Borrow some binoculars at Lydford Gorge

You don’t need to be able to tell a woodpecker from a woodpigeon to enjoy watching birds.

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.

An aerial view of the turf labyrinth

The mowhay

Until mid-September explore the mowhay at Trerice and see what wildlife you can spot while travelling through the low-level wild grass paths.

A bee on wild clover in Whitefield Wildflower meadow at Dyrham Park

Birds, butterflies and bees

The floral borders and wildflowers in the summer months attract hundreds of bees and butterflies to the garden.

Lakes are great for reflections

Summer at Woodchester Park

Woodchester Park is teeming with wildlife in the summer.

Bee on a blue cornflower

Buzzing at Cotehele

Summer is a beautiful time at Cotehele full of all the colour, scents and sounds you'd expect from the season. We're celebrating the wonderful lives of pollinating insects this year.

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.

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.