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What we do

The Countryside team manages ten Nature Reserves across East Devon. These are open to the public at all times and are free to visit. For detailed information follow the Local Nature Reserves link.

The Countryside team runs lots of wildlife themed events, many of which are free. The Autumn/Winter 2014-15 Countryside  Events features yet more walks, talks and events,  not just organised by the East Devon District Counciil Countryside team, but also by our many partners who work with us to provide an outstanding environment for wildlife and people.

You can look at the digital version here -

PDF file East Devon District Council Countryside Events Guide Autumn/Winter 2014 - 15. (2667KB Portable Document Format - 25 September 2014 - PDF Help)

Hard copies of the Events Guide will be available at your local library, Tourist Information centre or in selected shops and garden centres from early October.

For more information or to book for events, please call 01395 517557 or email

Latest news: Introduction to hedgelaying 11/11/14 has been cancelled due to the weather conditions.

The Axe Estuary Wetlands is rapidly becoming one of the south-west's premier wetland sites and is good for all sorts of wildlife, most obviously birds but also many small mammals, bats, dragonflies, damselflies and other insects, including the recently discovered 13-spot ladybird. This reserve is being developed so that visitors can get close to wildlife and has many hides and viewing platforms to help visitors experience good views without causing disturbance. The PDF file leaflet (1132KB Portable Document Format - 16 November 2012 - PDF Help) shows all five hides and parking facilities and details the routes which are suitable for people with limited mobility or using wheelchairs.

The Countryside Service publishes a regular newsletter. The PDF file spring/summer 2014 issue (1911KB Portable Document Format - 13 May 2014 - PDF Help) gives a round up of what's been happening on the local nature reserves and within the Countryside Team recently.

If you are interested in volunteering, the booklet PDF file Volunteering for the Countryside Service (2427KB Portable Document Format - 18 April 2013 - PDF Help) shows how you can get involved - from becoming a Volunteer Warden to helping out at the Wet and Wild Weekend to constructing boardwalks with the Axe Estuary Wetlands Volunteer group.

As well as running the public events, the Education Rangers run a free service to schools who would like to arrange a visit to the Axe Estuary Wetlands. The Education Rangers can also provide low-cost visits to either the Wetlands, one of the other nature reserves or a rockpooling session for schools, clubs and community groups.

Page last updated on 28 January 2015