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Seaton Marshes Local Nature Reserve

children pond dipping at Seaton Marshes

Seaton Marshes is a freshwater grazing marsh, with scrapes, ditches and ponds that attract considerable wildlife interest, from wildfowl and wading birds in the winter to dragonflies and butterflies in the summer.

Before the Local Nature Reserve was established, there was no public access to the lower part of the Axe estuary, so very little was known of its value for wild birds. Now with the installation of a viewing hide reached by a path which is accessible to all, you are free to enjoy this beautiful area and its wildlife. This hide is popular with disabled visitors since it is only 300m from the nearest parking spot.

Seaton Marshes also contains the beautiful Borrow Pit pond, managed by EDDC Countryside Service on behalf of Axe Vale and District Conservation Society, who have recently supported the extension to the pond dipping platform. Over the winter of 2009/10, two otters were regularly seen during the day at the Borrow Pit. The pond and surrounding ditches are full of dragonflies and damselflies through the summer.

Click here to view a copy of the PDF file Seaton Marshes LNR (229KB Portable Document Format - 21 January 2005 - PDF Help) leaflet

How to get there:

Take the A3052 towards Lyme Regis from Exeter. Ignoring signs for Seaton, proceed to the village of Colyford, turning right at the post office onto Seaton Road. Drive towards Seaton town centre for approximately two kilometres, taking the forth turning left into Hillymead. Bear left down the hill and park on the right hand side of the cul-de-sac, where there is enough space for four vehicles. Do not obstruct access to the water works. Alternatively, you can park in the Harbour Road Car Park next to the Tourist Information Centre and walk back up to the nature reserve along the cyclepath.

Page last updated on 14 November 2014