This small site, located halfway between Exeter and Exminster, is an excellent place to watch wildfowl and waders. Cyclists, walkers and joggers regularly use the track that leads to it, sharing this quiet reserve with Green and Common Sandpipers, Mallards and Mute Swans.
This little reserve is made up of wetland, grassland and marshland. Just three miles from the city centre, Matford Marshes helps to protect Exeter from flooding by holding excess water after heavy rain or snow. The changes in water levels also mean it's good for birds, as it provides a rich feeding habitat for waders which stop by to forage on the muddy edges.