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Important notice

Improvement works will begin this April at our Bowling Green Hide, making the space much more accessible, and transforming the garden at the front into our own wildlife space. The new section of Bowling Green hide will be closed for renovations from April 25 – April 29, and both sides of the hide and the garden will close from May 3 - 4 before the hide and garden reopen as normal on May 5. The creation of the new wildlife garden will begin at the end of June or beginning of July, with the garden expected to be closed for four weeks. The disabled parking bay will be closed from April 25 - 29 and May 3 - 6. We apologise for any inconvenience. The Viewing Platform and RSPB Shop at Darts Farm will remain open throughout this period.

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

What's on?

We haven't got any events planned here at the moment. Check out our main events pages to find something up your street (or at least quite near to it).

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  • Exminster Marsh in February sun
  • Exminster Marsh Hedge Laying
  • Avocets just after high tide
  • Dog Sick Slime Mould
  • Fence repairs
  • Garden Tiger Moth Larvae
  • Dark Bush-cricket
  • Gate Repair, Exminster Marsh

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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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