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 into the estuary to feed - look out for huge flocks of wigeon and graceful pintail ducks.

Walking out over the sandbanks at low water offers you the chance to get away from the bustle of the town and explore a wilderness in the middle of the estuary.

Location

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Reserve boundaries
Reserve boundaries
Public Bridleway
Public Bridleway
Byway
Byway
Public Footpath
Public Footpath
Permissive Footpath
Permissive Footpath
 Nature Reserve Car Parks
Nature Reserve Car Parks
Information
Information
Bird Hides
Bird Hides
Entrances
Entrances

On the A376 to Exmouth, follow signs to the town centre and docks, and park in the Imperial Road car park. From here you can venture out onto the nature reserve and explore this beautifully wild place.

Directions

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Parking

The Imperial Road pay and display car park is located next to Exmouth swimming pool.

Best time to visit

The spectacle of thousands of birds feeding on the estuary during the winter is a truly special sight.

Opening times

All East Devon District Council nature reserves are open free of charge to the public at all times.

Access

The weasel run, part of the East Devon Way, which runs alongside the nature reserve is accessible to wheelchairs and offers great views across the estuary.

Walking information

Out on the sand there are no formal access routes, so you are free to explore this wild area. Please be careful when walking out on the mud, as it can be very deep in some places. If you are at all unsure about whether or not it is safe, turn back immediately and retrace your steps - wellington boots are a must for this nature reserve. Crossing creeks between the sandbanks can be dangerous as the incoming tide can quickly isolate large areas. Always be aware of the tide times for your own safety.

Dogs

Dogs are welcome on this nature reserve, but please keep them under close control and clean up after them.