Winter wildlife walks in the South West

Winter is a great time to see wildlife in the South West. Here's just a selection of some of the best places for seasonal strolls, bird watching and wildlife spotting opportunities.

Lansallos cove on a winter's day

Lantivet and Lansallos walk

A peaceful walk along the woodland and coast paths with stunning views and historic locations.

Eye Bridge on the Kingston Lacy estate, Dorset

Walk at Eye Bridge, Kingston Lacy

An easy walk that starts from Eye Bridge and includes walking along a beautiful stretch of the Stour river with some interesting bird life.

Birds on the lagon

Brownsea Island bird boats

Hop aboard a Brownsea bird boat and enjoy an exclusive visit to the island over winter (Nov-Jan). The wildlife tour of the harbour is followed by a special landing on Brownsea where you'll witness one of the greatest bird spectacles in the UK.

St Anthony Head lighthouse

A lighthouse, an old paraffin store and a bird hide

This short circular walk presents dramatic scenery along tree-lined pathways and from clifftop vistas.

Three leverets (baby hares) in a flowerbed at Tyntesfield

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.

Thorncombe Woods in its autumnal beauty

A walk in Hardy's footsteps

Enjoy a walk through Hardy's woods with this selection of trails.

A National Trust ranger van parked at Man Sand beach

Coastal circular walk from Woodhuish

This circular walk near Coleton Fishacre leads from Woodhuish Farm to Man Sands beach and back via the South West Coast Path. It takes in a wetland area perfect for bird watching, rugged coastline, a secluded beach and even a Victorian cider press.