Stover Country Park, Devon

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Stover County Park

Within its 114 acres, Stover Country Park supports of a high diversity 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’ll find the interpretation centre where you can learn all about the history of the park and its wonderful wildlife.

 

 

Dragonflies at Stover Country Park

Stover’s diverse set of 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. The site is particularly well known for its variety and abundance of Dragonflies.

Dragonfly species list:

Black Darter
Black-tailed Skimmer
Broad-bodied Chaser
Common Darter
Common Hawker
Downy Emerald
Emperor Dragonfly
Four-spotted Chaser
Golden-ringed Dragonfly
Hairy Dragonfly
Keeled Skimmer
Migrant Hawker
Ruddy Darter
Southern Hawker
Azure Damselfly
Common Blue Damselfly
Blue-tailed Damselfly
Emerald Damselfly
Beautiful Demoiselle 
Large Red Damselfly
Red-eyed Damselfly
Small Red-eyed Damselfly

                    

 

Hotspot Activities

Stover Country Park became a Hotspot, and a partner with the British Dragonfly Society, in 2018. To commemorate the start of the project, an interpretation board was installed, funded by John Spedan Lewis Foundation, providing information on the Dragonflies of Stover Country Park. 2019 will host the launch event for the project, as well as various other activities celebrating Dragonflies.

 

Get Involved

 

Volunteer

Stover Volunteers meet on the last Sunday of the month throughout the winter, from September to April. The meetings run from 10am till 4pm, although volunteers can come and go as they please. Anyone is free to join, these workshops are a great opportunity to keep fit, learn new skills, make friends, gain valuable experience or just have fun.

To find out more, and to join in, click here.

 

Recording

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 are taking a trip to Stover Country Park  remember to report the species you see.  If you are new to recording you can find more guidance here. Please report your sightings via iRecord here.

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.

 

Events

Stover Country Park hosts a range of events throughout the year. See their events page for more details. 

 

                    

 

Visitor Information

Stover Country Park 
Newton Abbot
Devon
TQ12 6QG
 

Grid reference SX 835752

 

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.

Parking fee: £1.50 for 2 hours or £3.00 for longer.

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.