River Exe Estuary

River and Canal Office, Haven Road, Exeter, Devon, EX2 8DU

Tel: 01392 274306

River Exe & estuary


The Exe Estuary is particularly important for birds in winter, when the mild climate and suitable feeding areas attract tens of thousands of wetland birds - some of them from the UK but many travelling from Northern and Eastern Europe. Up to 20,000 wading birds and ducks, geese and swans can be present mid-winter, making the area important on an international scale.

All three reserves, Exminster Marshes, Powderham Marshes and Bowling Green Marsh, are open all year. At Exminster Marshes, visitors should use the public paths and tracks; the canal towpath provides good views over the fields. At Powderham Marshes, there is a marked trail leading to a viewpoint over the reserve; due to the open nature of the marshes, we regret that no dogs are allowed on site.

Book Tickets




Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route

Opening Times

River Exe Estuary (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

Follow us

What's Nearby

  1. Spot rare migratory birds on the River Exe

    A haven for birdwatchers or just nature lovers, spend a day investigating the delights of…

    0.74 miles away
  2. Topsham Museum

    Topsham’s Museum has many things to learn about for those visiting including the town’s…

    1.24 miles away
  3. Darts Farm Cycle Hire

    Discover the stunning Exe Estuary Cycle Trail, world famous for its birds and beautiful…

    1.49 miles away
  1. Bowling Green Marsh

    Managed by the RSPB, Bowling Green Marsh nature reserve is an area of coastal grazing…

    1.51 miles away
  2. Old Sludge Beds

    This reserve, part of the Exe Estuary SSSI, is sandwiched between the river Exe and the…

    2.29 miles away
  3. The Exe Valley Way

    The Exe Valley is a long distance route for walkers exploring the length of this…

    2.36 miles away
  4. Wear Park Spa at Exeter Golf & Country Club

    Wear Park Spa is a multi-award-winning spa and beauty salon located in the Georgian manor…

    2.96 miles away
  5. Exeter Golf & Country Club

    Join, visit or play. Whether you live locally in Exeter or are visiting the region,…

    2.97 miles away
  6. The Exe Estuary Trail

    The Exe Estuary is a 26 mile cycle route & walkway which goes along the whole Exe Estuary…

    3.07 miles away
  7. Matford Marsh

    Matford Marshes is a small, relatively new site halfway between Exeter and Exminster -…

    3.12 miles away
  8. The East Devon Way

    The East Devon Way links together footpaths & quiet country lanes to create routes…

    3.22 miles away
  9. Exe Estuary

    The Exe Estuary is of international importance for wintering waders and wildfowl,…

    3.22 miles away
  10. Westpoint Exeter

    Westpoint Arena is Exeter's biggest venue for large scale spectacular shows such as ice…

    3.32 miles away
  11. Stuart Line Cruises

    Stuart Line Cruises is based in Exmouth, Devon and we are easy to find. We do have some…

    3.41 miles away
  12. Cofton Holidays

    When looking for a venue for your event, you’ll want to know the facilities are first…

    3.42 miles away
  13. Crealy Theme Park & Resort

    Voted Devon's best family attraction, don't miss the fun and excitement of Devon's Great…

    3.51 miles away
Previous Next

Search for What's Nearby

Product Type
Within miles