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Avocet cruises

Various dates between 9 November 2014 and 2 March 2015

  • Staff on hand to help
  • Refreshments available
  • Parking
  • Toilets
'Sea Dream II', one of the two boats used for RSPB Avocet Cruise

Image: Andy Hay

With expert commentary on each cruise, you'll learn something new and exciting about the Exe Estuary and its residents

A few years ago, you would have been lucky to spot us avocets anywhere, but today we're a conservation success story.

With our black-and-white plumage, and our slender, curved bills, you can't miss us on the Exe Estuary this winter, especially as we often get together in flocks of up to 500, sweeping the mud in search of tasty morsels.

However, we're not the only ones here. Every winter, over 40,000 birds, including hundreds of black-tailed godwits, Brent geese and red-breasted mergansers flock to the Exe Estuary from as far afield as Siberia and Greenland. Also keep an eye out for the grey seals!

Join friendly guides on an Avocet cruise and experience one of nature's most beautiful spectacles on one of the world's greatest wetlands.

When can you see us?

There are a number of cruises throughout November to March. Take a look below for the dates and times, then simply click on the link for the cruise you're interested in for more information.

All cruises are dependent on reasonable weather conditions. For the latest weather forecast, please check the Met Office website. All cruises are also tide-dependent.

What's at the site?

Access for disabled people
Our boat owners advise us that they welcome passengers with restricted mobility, but gaining access to the boats from departure points can be difficult. As the safety of all our passengers is of paramount importance, we are advised that a small degree of mobility (assisted if necessary) is required to negotiate the boarding of the boats. Wheelchair users must be accompanied by someone who can assist them in the event of an emergency.

Expert commentary is provided on all the cruises. The boats are partially covered and have a toilet.

How to find us

Topsham departures
By rail and bus: there are frequent bus and rail services between Exeter St David's and Exmouth stations.

By car: leave the M5 at J30 and follow the A376 to Topsham. As parking is limited, please arrive in plenty of time.

What should I bring?

As the Exe can be a very cold place in winter, please bring extra warm clothing and waterproofs. Telescopes can be used, but only on monopods - no tripods are allowed, for safety reasons.

Still got some questions?

Telephone: RSPB South West Regional Office on 01392 432691

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