Bird Watching

Fantastic bird watching from Bampfield Farm and beyond

You can enjoy bird watching from your doorstep at Bampfield Farm. We have our very own Barn owl box and a family of owls who live there.

You can also see lots of other birds here, including buzzards, wagtails and yellow hammers– so make sure you bring your binoculars!

RSPB reserves in North Devon

There are two local RSPB reserves.

  • Isley Marsh, where teal, waders, curlew, ducks, egret and spoonbills frequent the saltmarshes.
  • Chapel Wood, home to pied flycatchers, owls, nuthatch, great spotted and green woodpeckers.

UNESCO Biosphere in North Devon

Stretching from Dartmoor to Exmoor and via the sea to Lundy, North Devon is part of the official UNESCO Biosphere reserve. Much of North Devon is also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – unsurprisingly, there is an abundance of habitats for bird watching across the year.

Lundy Island is also well worth a visit. Situated just 12 miles from the North Devon coast, it is a wonderful haven for wildlife – over 300 individual puffins were counted there in 2016. You can take a day trip by boat from Bideford of Ilfracombe and explore the island on foot. We have details of the sailings and can help you book.