Dragonfly Hotspot: Stover Country Park (Devon)
Stover Country Park contains 114 acres of woodland, heathland, grassland, lake and marsh and a substantial variety of wildlife – as well as a wealth of fascinating geological and historical features, which you can access via its paved footpaths. In addition, the site’s aerial walkway and bird hides give you a unique view of the park’s flora and fauna.
At the entrance of the park, you will find the interpretation centre where you can learn all about the history of the park and its wonderful wildlife.
It is an absolute haven for dragonflies and damselflies in the summer and its mosaic of habitats are perfectly suited to support every life stage of these fantastic insects! We think this site is pretty special and that is why we have designated it as a ‘Dragonfly Hotspot’.
By car or bike: Car park entrance off the A382 Bovey Tracey to Newton Abbot road 300m south of the Drumbridges roundabout on the A38 Exeter to Plymouth Expressway.
By bus: Regular bus services are avaliable from local towns and villages including Exeter and Plymouth. Visit the Traveline South West website for more information.
Parking: £1.50 for 2 hours or £3.00 for longer.
Opening times: park open all year apart from Christmas day.
Interpretation Centre: open 10am – 12.30 & 1.30pm – 4pm every day from Easter to 30th September. From 1st October until Easter, the Centre is open every weekend and school holidays.
Toilets: public and disabled facilities open 7.00am – 5.00pm every day except Christmas Day
All ability access: footpaths are level and the aerial walkway is wheelchair accessible. Two manual wheelchairs are available to borrow – please contact the Rangers Office in advance.
A Tramper mobility vehicle is available for hire under the Countryside Mobility South West Hire Scheme – please contact the Rangers Office or see CMSW website for details: http://www.countrysidemobility.org/
Dogs allowed: yes and dog bins are situated along all the routes.
Refreshments: an ice cream van is present most days and picnic tables and benches are located along most paths.
Contact UsStover Country Park
Stover’s diverse freshwater habitats, including its large lake, fringe mire and swamp, and its rich communities of invertebrate life, have resulted in it being designated a Site of Specific Scientific Interest. This means that the site is protected by law to conserve its wildlife and geology. Please let us know what you see on your visit and send us your photos!
Species recorded at Stover so far:
Stover Country Park became a Dragonfly Hotspot, and a partner of the British Dragonfly Society, in 2018. To commemorate the start of the project, an interpretation board was installed on site, funded by John Spedan Lewis Foundation, providing information on the Dragonflies of Stover Country Park. We are publicly launching the Dragonfly Hotspot in the summer this year with a big event celebrating Dragonflies. Check our event page for details soon!
Help to keep this dragonfly haven in top condition by joining the monthly volunteer group – the ‘Stover Volunteers’. You’ll get a warm welcome
When: the last Sunday of the month throughout the winter, from September to April. 10.00am – 4.00pm, although you can come and go as you please throughout the day.
Experience needed: None, everyone is welcome!
What is in it for you: these workshops are a great opportunity to keep fit, learn new skills, make friends, gain valuable experience and just have fun. All for free!
How to sign up or find out more: click here.
In order to manage the Park in the best way possible for Dragonflies it is really important that the site management team know which species are present, and how their populations are doing.
If you would like to get involved with regularly recording Dragonflies at Stover Country Park please contact Dave Smallshire, the County Dragonfly Recording for Devon.
Stover Country Park hosts a range of events throughout the year. See their events page for more details.