Putting nature back into the heart of the community.

Our mission

We connect and engage local people and visitors with nature and heritage around Braunton and across North Devon.

Our vision

The Braunton Countryside Centre is staffed by volunteers as a free, inclusive, family-friendly, central hub for nature connection and awareness in North Devon. Through increasing the understanding, awareness, and enjoyment of natural, coastal, farmed, and historical landscapes, we will continue to support current and future generations to make closer connections to nature and their heritage.

The Centre will grow further as a community base for events, information, and activities for the North Devon Environmental Trust and for key partner organisations and community groups who share our mission. We continue to strive to be part of a wider movement taking positive action to better adapt to, mitigate for and build resilience and hope around the climate and ecological changes that we are facing. Read more about the charity’s key objectives at the end of the About page.

What’s inside the centre?

The Centre is full of fascinating information about local landscapes, flora, and fauna. Discover the biodiversity of North Devon through fantastic interactive displays and get closer to nature with our large microscope, identification guides, and educational resources. One of our most popular displays is our living rockpool! We also have a new shop selling books, walking guides, and gifts.

If you would like to arrange a school or group visit, please contact us to discuss possibilities.

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Our events programme

We host a range of guided walks, including regular birdwatching and bug-hunting walks, and Wellbeing Walks. Our walks are perfect for those interested in learning about local biodiversity in areas such as Braunton Burrows, Crow Point, and the marshes. We also host evening talks and activities, delivered by a fantastic network of local naturalists. Keep an eye on our Events Calendar and social media channels to see what’s coming up.

Our shop

Our lovely new shop is the perfect place to find locally-made gifts, local walking guides, books on flora and fauna, and more. All proceeds from our shop go towards running the Centre, so we can continue to offer our community engagement activities.

Identifying species

Have you seen a bird, bug, or plant you don’t recognise? We have a fantastic reference library to help you identify species! Many of our volunteers are also keen nature enthusiasts and would be happy to help.

Opening times

Between April and October, Monday to Saturday – 10am – 4pm.

From the end of October to the end of March, the Centre is open on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday. 10am – 4pm.

Admission is FREE.

Location

We are located in Caen Car Park, so there is ample parking available. Caen Car Park is in the centre of Braunton, close to local shops and museums.

Address: Braunton Countryside Centre, Caen Street Car Park, Caen Street, Braunton, Devon, EX33 1AA

Accessibility

We have step-free access to the Centre, accessible toilet facilities, and dedicated disabled parking spaces are available just outside. Guide dogs are also welcome in the Centre. If you have any questions or require any additional accommodations for your visit, please contact us.

Donate

Please follow this link if you would like to donate
Braunton Countryside Centre is part of the North Devon Environmental Trust (Charity No: 296707)

Key objectives of the North Devon Environmental Trust (NDET)

  1. Encourage further inclusive and financially sustainable use of the Centre by individuals, community groups and stakeholders (locals and visitors) as a recognised hub for activities, information sharing (virtual and in person) and awareness raising for nature and heritage in Braunton and North Devon – both as an informal ‘drop-in’ space and for organised events and activities.
  2. Promote the Centre’s unique selling point as a physical space, which will support our mission and vision and those of key partners and stakeholders, such as the North Devon Biosphere, North Devon Coast National Landscape, Devon Wildlife Trust, supportive businesses, local authorities, Coastwise, Plastic Free North Devon, wellbeing groups, etc).
  3. Further develop long-term relationships with key stakeholders, which will encourage stronger partnership working and networking and support the ongoing use of the Centre.
  4. Work closely and collaboratively with partners to offer and/or promote a range of outreach activities run by NDET and other groups.
  5. Seek financial support from key partners through long-term funding and shared grant applications for the Centre and NDET.