Exe Wildlife Leaflet
A guide to when and where to see some
of the wildlife highlights on the globally
important and protected Exe Estuary.
Exe Explorer Leaflet
With the help of the Exe Explorer leaflet you
can find a variety of routes which will enable
you to explore the whole Estuary in a day.
Exe Activities Leaflet
A guide to the recreational activities available
to enjoy in and around the Exe. A map
shows the location of activities, clubs and
organisations who can provide more detailed
local information about the various water
sports and leisure pursuits available as well
as their contact information.
The Maer Local Nature Reserve
Just a few steps from the beach, the Maer
Local Nature Reserve lies behind the sand
dunes on the seafront, where the warm,
sandy soil provides a haven for insects. If you
are lucky, you might even see one of the rare
skylarks which still regularly use the Maer in
the summer months for breeding.
The Maer is also a popular place to have
a barbecue; East Devon District Council
maintains a number of BBQs on the site
which are available to use free of charge, on a
first-come first-served basis.
East Devon District Council’s Countryside
Team and its partners publish an events
guide with information about a wide range of
events for all the family, including Exmouth
mud walks where you can dig for worms, fish
for shrimp and discover what is living in the
mud of the Exe Estuary.
For more information, pick up a guide from
the Tourist Information Service or visit:
Devon Wildlife Trust - Bystock
Also called Bystock Pools, Bystock Nature
Reserve is Exmouth’s ‘jewel in the crown’
and boasts heath, grass, scrub, woodland
and pools. In 2016, Devon Wildlife Trust
became the proud owner of Bystock Pools
Nature Reserve and the Trust provides many
opportunities to get involved, including
a local volunteer group and practical
conservation tasks. Routes around the
reserves are clearly marked with paths -
allow 1 hour to complete a circular walk - or
why not try the Bystock Wild Walk, a more
adventurous 6-mile walk which takes in the
nature reserve and the countryside around it.
The Devon Wildlife Trust also owns part of
the Dawlish Warren reserve, which can be
reached by ferry from Exmouth Marina or by
train from Exmouth on the Avocet Line.
The Exe Estuary is famous for the huge
number of birds which over-winter in the
area (including avocets, black-tailed godwits,
bar-tailed godwits and brent geese). The
RSPB, in conjunction with the Avocet Line
Rail Users Group (ALRUG), has produced a
leaflet with details of where to watch birds
on the Exe.
You can download the guide from the Avocet
Line website here: