Grade of Trail:
Length of trail:3 miles
Trail is currently open
The Butterfly Trail is a circular walk, which, in places gives you stunning views across the forest and over the Teign valley.
The three mile waymarked route takes you down to the butterfly area, and as the name suggests this area is managed especially for butterflies! Throughout the year Forestry Commission staff, in conjunction with Butterfly Conservation, monitors and manages the area to provide ideal conditions for the many butterfly species recorded here. Bracken is allowed to dominate some of the open areas as, here on Haldon, this provides the perfect conditions for one of Britain's rarest butterflies, the pearl bordered fritillary.
Thanks to the management carried out here this butterfly has established a good strong population making it an important site for this drastically declining species. Over 30 species of butterfly have been recorded within this small area.