Big Forest Find

Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England, Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7XR

Tel: 0300 067 5826

Big Forest Find


Forestry England ecologists and Devon wildlife experts invite families, wildlife enthusiasts and seasoned naturalists to join The Big Forest Find at Haldon Forest Park on Saturday 18th of May. The Big Forest Find is England's largest survey of forest wildlife, and is happening as part of Forestry England's year-long centenary celebrations. The Big Forest Find offers visitors the chance to learn more about the species that live and breed in and around Haldon Forest.

Take part in FREE guided wildlife walks, explore the forest as a family with self-guided activity sheets, and discover more about the exciting work of local conservation and wildlife groups at the event hub near The Ridge café. There will be the chance to help experts identify the moths caught live overnight and improve your identification skills.

Guided walk places are limited, so booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Visitors can book by contacting 0300 067 5826 or Take a look at the variety of walks taking place on the day:

Visitors to Haldon Forest Park can also get involved in the Big Forest Find in their own time, by downloading the free iNaturalist app and recording the wildlife they spot in the forest. From birds and butterflies to insects and plant life on the forest floor, the information recorded will help to paint a better picture of forest biodiversity today. These records will grow over time, helping Forestry England to better manage its forests for wildlife for generations to come.

Guide Prices

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Free AdmissionFree

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



Road Directions

Travelling by car on the A38, turn off at the exit for Exeter Racecourse. Follow the signs for Haldon Forest Park. The Haldon car park is signposted further along the road on the left.

Our postcode for SatNav is EX6 7XR. Make sure you look out for the Haldon blue banners directing you to the car park. Please do not drive up the first entrance labelled 'Office Car Park'.

Public Transport Directions

The nearest bus stop is at Exeter Racecourse (1 mile away). Take Bus 39 from Exeter Bus Station.

The Exeter Racecourse stop is between the 'Countess Wear Roundabout' and 'Chudleigh Memorial' and is just opposite the Route 5 restaurant on the A38 dual carriage way.

Please note there is no bus stop on the opposite side of the dual carriage way. To return to Exeter City Centre from the Racecourse you have to get on a 39 bus to Chudleigh Memorial and change there to get on another 39 bus back to the city centre.

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