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.
Searching for butterflies satisfies the hunting gene within us and photographing them is a great hobby.
Once a week between April and September, the rangers at Cotehele walk around the garden and estate measuring the health of the butterfly population.
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?
Take a step back from the beach and meet the wild creatures that also make Studland Bay their summer playground.
Rockpools are great places to find all sorts of fascinating species, and with every tide a different set of creatures call them home.
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.
There's colour everywhere at this time of year and it's at its most glorious in the summer sun. You'll also find shady spots to cool off in and follies to hide in from the inevitable rain shower.
From well-known family favourites to secluded peaceful coves, the South West has a beach to suit everyone. Here's a few for inspiration, and how to find the perfect coastal spot near you.
Some of the best summer walks in the South West to help you find the perfect route, whether it's near where you live or where you're heading for the summer holidays.