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We’ve created 20 challenges for you to try in 2020 to celebrate our 20th birthday! How many can you tick off? It’s autumn now but there are still some of these challenges you can take up. We are working on a new set of challenges for 2021; watch this space….

Search for fossils, walk around Cockington, spot wildlife...

  • Search for crinoid fossils at St Mary’s Bay, Brixham. (The best time is after a storm in April)
  • Follow an estate walk around Cockington. Download a copy of the routes map below.
  • Visit the bird-hide at Occombe Farm. If you stay very quiet you never know what you’ll see!
Cockington Estate Walks Map

Hunt for butterflies, go letterboxing!

  • Go on a butterfly hunt! On a warm spring day look for an orange tip male at the water meadows in Cockington or a silver washed fritillary at the Grove Woods. Walls Hill is a great place to spot migrating painted ladies in the summer.
  • Follow a letterboxing trail around Cockington! Get trail maps from Cockington Visitor Centre during the Easter and summer school holidays.
The Grove

Look for spring flowers, follow a fossil trail!

  • Visit Occombe Valley Woods in April and May, to see the stunning carpets of bluebells.
  • See spectacular displays of camellias and rhododendrons throughout the spring and summer months at Cockington Country Park!
  • Hunt for fossils on the nature trail at Occombe Farm with a Marvellous May Activity Pack at half term!

Go for a yomp, join a bat walk!

  • Go for a yomp! Follow the South West Coast Path from Torquay town centre, to Hope’s Nose, through Bishop’s Walk and on to Walls Hill. You can jump on a bus back to town!
  • Join a bat walk at Berry Head (once a month between May and September – booking essential) to learn more about our precious greater horse shoe residents.
Berry Head teenager sitting on cliff top

Hunt for shells, look for dolphins, go for an evening stroll...

  • Collect tiny empty cowry shells from the shoreline at Saltern Cove. They are really small, so you’ll need to look hard!
  • Go porpoise and dolphin spotting. Berry Head is a great place to see them. How many can you count?
  •  Take an evening stroll at Berry Head at the beginning of July. You may get to see the young guillemot chicks leaping from the cliffs to follow their parents out to sea.

Build with pebbles, find autumn squill and try rockpooling...

  • Build a pebble tower at Elberry Cove – how high can you go!
  • Look for autumn squill at Berry Head or Walls Hill, in August and September.
  • Grab a net and try rock pooling at Goodrington. Summer is the perfect time and Goodrington has the best rock pools in the Bay.

Spot seals, listen for skylarks...

  • Go seal spotting. Watch them swimming off Hope’s Nose or Berry Head. See if you can catch them stealing fish from the fishermen!
  • Hear skylarks singing as they swoop around the skies of Maidencombe, or the fields around Cockington anytime throughout the summer.
Cockington Arboretum

Follow the trees, take a dip!

  • Follow the Tremendous Tree Trail at Cockington Country park. There are 15 species to find! Trail sheets are available from our Cockington Visitor Centre.
  • Take a dip at Anstey’s Cove. It’s a great place to snorkel and view some amazing marine life.

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