Summer wildlife in the South West

The South West is home so all sorts of wildlife, and the places we care for are great for spotting some of the species that live here. There's the weird, wonderful and colourful waiting to be found, in particular, there's butterflies galore.

Hunting for butterflies

Where to see butterflies in the South West 

Searching for butterflies satisfies the hunting gene within us and photographing them is a great hobby.

Red admiral

Butterflies fluttering at Cotehele

Once a week between April and September, the rangers at Cotehele walk around the garden and estate measuring the health of the butterfly population.

a close-up of a colourful butterfly resting on a flower at Glendurgan

Brilliant butterflies at Glendurgan

The garden is a haven for wildlife in the summer months. Look out for lots of colourful butterflies as you walk down the valley. What will you spot on your visit?

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 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.

A walk in the woods on Brownsea

Woodland wildlife and Coastal creatures

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.