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Estuaries | River Exe

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The Exe Estuary is one of England's smaller estuaries, but it supports a wealth of habitats.

This is a traditional stopping point for migratory birds, including Avocets, Curlews, Lapwings, and Brent Geese.

In winter, during floods and at high tide, bird watchers can see thousands of ducks, geese and wading birds roosting and feeding.

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Estuaries - where our rivers meet the sea - are fantastic habitats for wildlife. Why not check out some of the best estuarine habitats in Britain.

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River Exe Estuary - Visitor Guide

Address:Bowling Green Marsh, Topsham, near Exeter, Devon.
Postcode: EX3 0AX
Telephone:01392 824614
01392 265700 - Tourist Information
Key attractions:Bird watching and guided walks.
Essential kit:Binoculars for bird watching. Outdoor clothing and protective gear.
Nature watching:Best season: February is a good time to watch the migratory birds. RSPB bird watching cruises run from November to March, leaving from Exmouth, Starcross and Topsham.
Access:The hide at Bowling Green Marsh and most of the walk is accessible to wheelchair users. Parking for disabled users only is available adjacent to the hide.

Getting there:Bowling Green Marsh is on the outskirts of Topsham, and is signposted from the Holman Way car park in Topsham. The Exeter to Topsham bus service stops at Topsham Quay, near Bowling Green Marsh, every 15 minutes. Exeter station is 5 miles/8 km away and Topsham station is about 5 minutes walk from Bowling Green Marsh on Wessex Trains Avocet Line route.
Opening times:Bowling Green Marsh is open all year round.
Charges:Free entry. RSPB cruises cost £5-£10.
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