Become a member

Help us save nature at places like this. From £3 a month.

Important notice

Thanks to generous funding from Viridor Credits we will start the creation of the new wildlife garden for Bowling Green in early July 2016. The garden will be closed off and the disabled parking bay will also be closed to visitors while this work is being carried out over the summer. The hide will remain open as normal as will the viewing platform and RSPB shop at Darts Farm.

As part of the wildlife garden work, we will replace the damaged stock fence around the hide. This work will not take place during high tide but please note there will be staff working in view of the hide from Wednesday 13 July until Friday 5 August.

We apologise for any inconvenience this causes, and if you have any questions please contact us on 01392 833311.

Top things to do in Spring

  1. Cycle along Bowling Green Lane listening to the small hedgerow birds staking claim to territories
  2. Wave goodbye to the winter migrants and welcome in the summer birds
  3. Spot the first swifts, swallows, sand and house martins and learn which is which!

Top things to do in Summer

  1. Visit the viewing platform to look for shelduck crèches on the river
  2. Look out for the first migrants coming back from the north, such as black-tailed godwits
  3. Stroll round the Goat Walk to the Passage House Inn and take the foot ferry to visit Exminster Marshes

Top things to do in Autumn

  1. Catch the train on the Avocet line between Exeter and Exmouth and see the birds from a different angle
  2. Keep a sharp eye out for ospreys fishing to fuel up to continue their migration
  3. Stroll along Bowling Green Lane to experience the autumn leaves and the birds feeding on the ripe berries

Top things to do in Winter

  1. Visit the hide close to high tide to experience the amazing spectacle of the winter wildfowl and wader flocks
  2. Take an RSPB Avocet cruise to see the avocets and much, much more out on the estuary mud
  3. Marvel as the hunting peregrines cleave through the panicking flocks

Extend your stay

Other places to visit

Exminster Marshes

Exminster and Powderham Marshes

Devon's premier wetland: a huge sweep of grazing marsh bounded by city and sea

Adult black-tailed godwit

Dee Estuary - Burton Mere Wetlands

A magnificent mosaic of wetlands and beautiful woodlands

Sedge warbler in flight

Radipole Lake

Wonderful wildlife in the middle of town

'Sea Dream II', one of the two boats used for RSPB Avocet Cruise

Avocet cruises

Let us introduce you to the amazing avocets of the Exe Estuary.

Find another place to visit

Search by place name or postcode.