Exe Estuary-Devon

Wildlife Day - Exe Estuary

Date

16 November 2020

Leader

Mike Symes

Group size

Maximum 6

Forming part of the Exe Estuary, Exminster Marshes RSPB reserve is an area of international importance for wintering waders and wildfowl, and we will spend the day slowly exploring its network of wet grassland, pools and ditches with the aim of enjoying some fine winter birding. During our time here we will look out for a wide range of species including Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Pintail, Little Egret and flocks of Brent Geese which visit the estuary every winter. Wading birds on the marshes and adjacent mudflats could feature Redshank, Curlew, Snipe, Golden Plover, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit and the iconic Avocet, whilst overhead we will keep watch for hunting raptors such as Buzzard, Peregrine and the occasional Marsh Harrier.

Price: £50 (including VAT), payable by bank transfer. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept payment by card.

To book your place, please phone/email us to arrange payment: places are limited, and will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis.

On confirmation of the Wildlife Day, we will send you the details of the meeting place and time, and our leader’s contact details. Please make sure we have your mobile phone number.

Group transport is not provided. This day trip will not require any transport during the day.

We will be walking for much of the day, and expect to cover up to four miles, although always at a gentle place. We will be using level, well-made paths, although conditions may be wet and muddy. Suitable footwear (walking shoes/boots) is essential, and you should also be prepared for inclement weather.

In line with current government advice, our group size will be limited to six, together with our leader. We will ask everyone to observe social distancing advice during the day, currently two metres between individuals from different households. Bird hides may not be open, but if they are, we would ask that everyone wears a face mask whilst using them.