Yarner Wood Bird Hides, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

Yarner Wood Bird Hides, Bovey Tracey, Dartmoor National Park

'The internationally important upland oak woodlands in this National Nature Reserve are one of the best places to see woodland birds of many kinds but especially the enigmatic pied flycatcher, secretive lesser spotted woodpecker and vocal wood warbler.' The Natural England information boards at the Yarner Wood Reserve Base go on to describe some of the other birdlife you can view in Yarner Wood, Trendlebere Down and the Bovey Valley that collectively form the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve. Within Yarner Wood, there are two bird hides close to the Reserve Base from which you can watch birds feed.

The first hide is across the car park from the Yarner Wood Reserve Base/Natural England Office building. It provides views over a large pond. The second hide is a short way along Yarner Valley. To get to the latter, wander around the side of the pond by the Reserve Base and follow the forestry road in to Yarner Valley. The hide is a short way up the road.

If this is of interest, we'd recommend visiting nearby Stover Country Park Local Nature Reserve. There's a hide on a walkway that juts out into the large lake. It's a great place from which to watch birds.