Otter Estuary Nature Reserve

Budleigh Salterton, EAST DEVON, Devon
Otter Estuary - Clinton Devon Estates


This compact and accessible estuary supports a particularly well developed saltmarsh flora that includes such characteristic plants as glasswort, sea puslane, and sea lavender. There is a classic saltmarsh zonation from the sea to the head of the estuary, where the influence of freshwater is greater and common reed and hemlock water dropwort grow. On the west of the estuary there is a small area of freshwater reedbed, pools and grazing marsh.

The Otter Estuary supports a significant population of wintering wildfowl and waders, including redshank, common sandpiper, curlew and red-brested merganser. Reed warbler, sedge warbler and reed bunting breed on the site. There are footpaths on either side of the estuary, two viewing platforms to the west and a bird hide to the east.

Where: SY072 822
When: All year
Facilities: Dogs Allowed, Bird Hides, Information Boards, Cycle Paths, Visitor Centre, Walks,
Access: Bus route available. Cycle route available.
Hints and Tips: The estuary has more saltmarsh vegetation than any other in Devon and, together with the tidal mudflats, provides an important feeding and resting area for over-wintering birds.

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Road Directions

Take the B3178/B3179 from Exeter to Budleigh Salterton and follow the road along the sea front. At the far (eastern) end bear off right to the public car park. There is no access to the estuary itself but footpaths lead along either side with two viewing platforms on the western side and a hide on the east.


Key Features

  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

Opening Times

Otter Estuary Nature Reserve (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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