A wonderful beaver dam creating new wildlife habitat: Chris Townend

Tour Summary:
The focus of the evening will be to enjoy good views of a beaver or beavers! There will also be plenty of time to learn about beaver ecology, how they create wonderful new habitat for wildlife and also alleviate flood risks. Dependent on the site visited we will walk up to 3 miles (return trip) during the evening, though some of our time will involve sitting quietly and waiting patiently.
Dates: Mid April – Early September
Site: River Otter Catchment Area

Target Species:
Mammals: Beaver and an outside chance of Otter if we are very lucky!
Birds: Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail and Dipper.


Standard Walks
These are our most popular tours and we have an excellent success rate. We have a number of sites that we visit dependent on the time of year and the best beaver activity. Evening walks are within a 10 mile radius of Budleigh Salterton.
These sites are in public access areas and therefore we are likely to be watching beavers with other people. However, we will always take you to quieter, less known sites if possible.

Exclusive Sites
Some years, if beaver lodges are in a suitable location, we have access to visit sites on private land. These beaver sites ensure a very different experience with the beavers. The locations are often in more extensive and diverse beaver habitat with little disturbance from other people. Sites vary from year to year depending on activity and availability, but can be up to a 70 minute drive from Budleigh Salterton. If available, these tours are more expensive than our standard walks and groups are limited to just 4 people. Please email if interested.


Our standard walks generally start around 2 hours before sunset and last for around 2 – 2.5hrs.

Our standard evening walks cover up to 3 miles (return trip) to look for Beavers. We are sure to see plenty of beaver signs with recent tree gnawing and associated beaver “wood chippings” as well as “beaver sticks” and “scent mounds.” Dependent on the site we visit, we may also see some impressive beaver dams.

Of course, seeing a beaver will be the priority and we have an excellent chance of seeing at least one animal. Dependent on the time of year, we may even see newly emerged Beaver kits from their lodge! Animals can appear at any time during the evening right up until dusk so we will be keeping our eyes peeled! If we are very fortunate, we may also see Otter but sightings vary from year to year.

Scroll down to see just some of our beaver and Otter encounters that we hope to share with you…..

A young beaver feeding on willow in the River Otter by Chris Townend

Two beaver kits bonding in the River Otter by David White

Female Eurasian beaver with kit in the River Otter by Chris Townend

Two young “sparring” beavers in the River Otter by Chris Townend

A young Eurasian beaver with an oak branch in the River Otter by Chris Townend

Perfect beaver habitat on the River Otter by Helen Booker

Three Otters on the River Otter by Chris Townend

Eurasian beaver ‘surfing” on the River Otter by Chris Townend

An adult female Eurasian beaver in mid grooming session by Chris Townend