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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

Your photos

  • Stile at Goosemoor (After, by Dennis)
  • Stile at Goosemoor (Before, by Dennis)
  • New section of fence on Powderham
  • Bowling Green Marsh
  • The Grand opening of the new improved Bowling Green Hide at Topsham
  • Moving on
  • Broad-bodied Chaser
  • Slow-worm

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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.

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