THE EAST DEVON LANDSCAPE SURROUNDING EXMOUTH IS CHARACTERISED BY INTIMATE WOODED COMBES, VAST
AREAS OF HEATHLAND, FERTILE RIVER VALLEYS AND BREATHTAKING CLIFFS OR HILLTOPS AND INCLUDES THE EAST
DEVON SECTION OF THE JURASSIC COAST - ENGLAND’S FIRST NATURAL WORLD HERITAGE SITE.
This is a living, working landscape, shaped by many centuries of
farming activity. Whether you’re a visitor to Exmouth, or a local
looking for somewhere special to go for the day, there are numerous
opportunities to get up close and personal with nature.
Exmouth Local Nature Reserve
Exmouth Local Nature Reserve is a massive area of tidal sand and mud
at the southern end of the Exe Estuary. In the autumn, thousands of
birds fly from the freezing Arctic to spend the winter months on the
Estuary, one of Devon’s most impressive natural spectacles.
Dark-bellied brent geese make their way to this place every year in
September and, during the winter months, other wildfowl crowd onto
the Estuary to feed - look out for huge flocks of wigeon and graceful
The Exe Estuary Management Partnership has produced a variety
of publications on different aspects of the Exe Estuary. These can
be viewed and downloaded from its website, or picked up from the
Tourist Information Service.