Somerset - Croydon Hill

Somerset - Croydon Hill - The UK's Best Wildlife Locations
Once you have climbed to the highest points of Croydon Hill you will be rewarded with glorious panoramic views out to sea, as well as the surrounding rolling countryside, adorned with valleys and streams. An upland woodland, Croydon Hill itself is home to a wide variety of animal and plant life.

Follow the A396 south from Dunster. After crossing over the bridge just outside Dunster turn left and follow the signs for Luxborough. There are a number of access points to the wood along this road.
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Red, fallow and the smaller roe deer are all common in this wood and you may be lucky enough to see one if visiting during the evening or early in the morning. Keep your eyes peeled for signs of the nocturnal badger by day.

Thanks to the way in which this forest is managed, the nightjar is very common. Go for a walk at dusk during early summer and you may be treated to their unique churring sound. Pied flycatchers, buzzards, kestrels and even the sparrowhawk have been seen here from time to time.

Look out for adders while walking around Croydon Hill. Butterflies are a common sight during the warmer months, especially the silver-washed fritillary which must feed on violet plants when it hatches. The pearl bordered fritillary has occasionally been spotted here too.
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