River Exe Guided Bird-Watching Cruise (Stuart Line Cruises)

Pierhead, EXMOUTH, Devon, EX8 1FE

Tel: 01395 222144

Avocet feeding


Throughout our Guided Bird Watching Cruises you will have a commentary on the species, habitat, feeding methods and behaviours of the birds that are visible from three of our favourite ornithologists;

Dave Smallshire

An avid bird watcher for over 50 years, with a special interest in wetland birds. Dave has an intimate knowledge of the Exe Estuary’s wildlife, which has been his ‘local patch’ for over 30 years. He does the Wetland Bird Survey counts every month on the estuary between Starcross and Dawlish Warren. His interests span all aspects of wildlife, notably dragonflies – about which he has written a highly acclaimed field guide.

Derek Carter

A volunteer with Devon Wildlife Trust and helped out for over 8 years with the RSPB in East Devon & The Exe Estuary.  He is an avid local wildlife enthusiast and has had a love of birds from an early age.  Living in Exmouth, with the Exe Estuary in his back yard, Derek is well situated to keep up to date with the flow of birds during the Winter period. Derek is a very keen wildlife photographer capturing many of the estuary’s visitors throughout the seasons. He also gives talks to local groups and schools in the area about the birds seen in the local area, especially the Exe Estuary, and does guided walks to small groups or individuals on request.

Alongside the live commentary, you will also be given a Bird Watching Checklist for you to mark off the birds that you have seen on your cruise – a great souvenir to take home!

The multi award winning Chunk of Devon pasties are available to pre-order as a welcomed warmer and our Rod & Bens organic soup is also on board with our seasonal favourites.

Our boats have inside heated lower decks with large windows for great viewing and outside upper decks for the whole outdoor experience!  There is a fully licenced bar on board serving a range of local ales and gin, alongside a range of hot and cold refreshments and snacks.  Whilst our boats are modern, they also keep their traditional features, they are exceptionally clean, well maintained and there are toilets on board.

These cruises are an excellent way of enjoying the stunning winter scenery alongside experiencing the many types of birds who choose to make the River Exe their home for the winter!

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£12.50 per ticket
Child (Under 16)£7.50 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



Opening Times

Guided Bird Watching Cruise from Exmouth (14 Nov 2020)
Saturday11:45 - 14:45
Guided Bird Watching Cruise from Exmouth (16 Nov 2020)
Monday13:30 - 16:30
Guided Bird Watching Cruise from Exmouth (28 Nov 2020)
Saturday11:30 - 14:30
Guided Bird Watching Cruise from Exmouth (29 Dec 2020)
Tuesday12:15 - 15:15

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