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Spring wildlife in South Devon - lambs

Spring wildlife in South Devon - spring flowers

Spring is in full swing and although we don’t want to count our chickens before they’ve hatched, it looks like there might be some fantastic summer sun on its way, which provides the perfect opportunity to discover beautiful spring wildlife in this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. With lambing season upon us, birds singing in the sunshine, and the spring tide providing us with long stretches of beaches around the dramatic coastline, it is a wonderful time to visit South Devon for a getaway.

There is a huge variety of wildlife in Devon, and at this time of year you can see it in abundance, whether you choose to visit one of the local farms or just take a stroll among the bluebells. So, in no particular order, here is a list of three of the best places to enjoy spectacular sights of nature in South Devon Devon…


1. See Baby Animals At Pennywell Farm

Spring wildlife in South Devon - miniature pigs

Famed for their miniature pigs, Pennywell Farm is a great place to visit to see lots of new born animals in one place especially if you have children. With a variety of lambs, goat kids, baby rabbits, chicks and ducks a trip to Pennywell Farm ticks all the cute animal boxes. Most of Pennywell is hands on, allowing you to pet and feed the baby spring animals which will keep the little ones entertained for hours.

Discover Pennywell Farm’s website


2. Visit Totnes Rare Breeds For Special Wildlife In Devon

Totnes Rare Breeds Farm was opened in June 2002 and has become a firm favourite with locals and tourists alike. Dedicated to preserving traditional British breeds of animal, as well as more unusual specimens, you’ll be able to see baby goats and chicks of rare chicken breeds taking their first faltering steps into the world.

Explore Totnes Rare Breed Farm’s website


3. Watch spring wildlife at Slapton Ley

Spring wildlife in South Devon - Slapton

The nature reserve at Slapton Ley is one of the most beautiful in the country. The lake is the largest in the South West, and offers a rich habitat for wildlife in South Devon as it is composed of marshes, reed beds and woodland. In springtime you can take a stroll through the vibrant colours of the blooming celandines, primroses, violets and bluebells while keeping an eye out for spring visitors to the Ley such as Sand Martins, Sandwich Terns, Reed and Sedge Warblers with Swifts arriving in May and Marsh Harriers staking out their prey during this time in the reed bed.

Spring wildlife in South Devon - Slapton Ley

Visit Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve’s website


South Devon is an area rich in beautiful countryside and habitats that make it a wildlife hotspot. You’ll see a huge variety of spring wildlife in the local area, and what better way to celebrate this fantastic time of year than to book a break to South Devon. Wake up to the sound of birds singing in the sunshine, feel refreshed as the scent of sea air breezes through your holiday home, and marvel at breathtaking views that span out over rolling countryside trickled with bluebells and daffodils.

For inspiration on things to do in the local area during your break, read our blog for the best Spring activities in South Devon. We highly suggest visiting the rugged and picturesque landscape of Dartmoor on your holiday, where you will find beautiful wild ponies and breath-taking natural swimming spots. To find out more, read our blog: our favourite Dartmoor day trips.