Just five miles from Exeter city centre, Exminster and Powderham Marshes are great places to see birds all year-round. Enjoy a lovely walk here in this fascinating landscape, where flocks of geese, ducks and waders are numerous. Regular visitors include lapwings, redshanks, wigeons and warblers.

Find a range of tasty refreshments on sale in the car park from Hope Coffee Wednesday - Sunday, 9am - 5pm every week. From drinks to cakes, be sure to share what wildlife you see with Hope Coffee to add to their sightings board while you visit! You can also get refreshments from the Swan’s Nest Inn and the Turf Hotel (closed in some winter months).

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Located on the outskirts of Exeter, Darts Farm is home to a large variety of wildlife. These include flocks of linnets, fieldfares and redwings during the winter, dragonflies, skylarks and kingfishers in summer. There's also a popular shop and tearoom here, part of a larger shopping complex.

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You'll find Bowling Green and Goosemoor on the confluence of the River Exe and the River Clyst, close to the town of Topsham. It's an ideal spot to watch birds up close, including spring and autumn migrating birds, and winter flocks of waders, ducks and geese feeding and resting, from the comfort of the Lookout hide.

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This small site, located halfway between Exeter and Exminster, is an excellent vantage point for watching wildfowl and waders. Cyclists, walkers and joggers regularly use the track which leads to it, sharing this quiet reserve with green and common sandpipers, mallards and mute swans.

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This beautiful coastal reserve near Shaldon offers stunning views over Lyme Bay.  Purchased to help secure the future of the cirl bunting, a rare bird whose population is almost entirely restricted to south Devon, it is also home to other key species, including peregrines, buzzards and yellowhammers.

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This area of saltmarsh and intertidal mudflats on the Taw & Torridge estuary has become an important haven for ducks (such as teal) and waders (including significant numbers of curlew, greenshank and dunlin). Spoonbills may be spotted during the cold winter months.

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RSPB Chapel Wood is a fine broadleaved woodland in a beautiful and historic setting, crowned by an Iron Age hill fort. Regular nesting species include tawny owls, nuthatches, plus great spotted and green woodpeckers. Red deer, brown hares and badgers can often be spotted amongst the bluebells, primroses and foxgloves in summer.

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Enjoy a walk over quiet heathland, where the woodland fringes, streams and ponds abound with butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies. Don't miss the chance to see Dartford warblers and stonechats during the summer months. Or stay late into the evening to see nightjars hunting moths at dusk.

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