Devon Life - - Winter Wildlife -

Why not add a bit of wildlife to your next win­try wan­der? A great ac­tiv­ity to do ei­ther as a bit of peace­ful ‘me-time’ or as a fun fam­ily out­ing – or even a re­fresh­ing bike ride!

The Exe Val­ley Trail from Ex­ton to Top­sham en­com­passes some of the best places to watch win­ter waders and wildfowl from a dis­tance. With plen­ti­ful view­ing points and bird hides en route, there will be am­ple op­por­tu­nity to watch the wealth of win­ter birdlife. Once off the trail in Top­sham, take a de­tour to your left down to the nearby Bowl­ing Green Marsh (RSPB) for an even closer look at the Exe’s wildlife in the fan­tas­tic wildlife hide, be­fore re-fu­elling at the Pig and Palette or Lighter Inn.

As the light gets low on your way back to Ex­ton, see if you can spot any star­ling mur­mu­ra­tions form­ing above the es­tu­ary – or any short-eared owls mak­ing their fi­nal hunt be­fore it gets dark; be­fore warm­ing up at the Puff­ing Billy back in Ex­ton.

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