Will Jones, Wild East Devon Events & Volunteer Officer:

Our 'What's That Bird?' sessions are so popular and provide such a great chance for group birdwatching for both the seasoned birder and the most amateur of enthusiasts. The events are a perfect platform for volunteers with knowledge of birds and the nature reserve to teach visitors both young and old of the joys of nature at Seaton Wetlands.

If you're an experienced bird watcher and also like talking to people, we'd love to hear from you.

We currently run two 'What's That Bird?' sessions we run every month at Seaton Wetlands usually in either the Island Hide or Tower Hide.

The sessions last for two hours and timing depends on the tide. People of all ages and levels of birdwatching skill are invited to come along and discover more about the birds on the Axe Estuary. We provide the binoculars and scopes for use in the hide during the session.

Volunteers have the opportunity to develop new practical skills and an understanding of habitat management techniques. No previous experience is necessary, all volunteers are offered first aid training and there are plenty of social events throughout the year. Booking is via the online volunteer portal.

All of the volunteers are offered training including first aid and there are plenty of social events throughout the year.

Please contact the Wild East Devon team for more information, email wild@eastdevon.gov.uk or phone 01395 517557


Please note:

Upon the corona virus outbreak in March we suspended all volunteering activity including practical sessions and volunteer-led events. In mid-July we welcomed back our first two roles of volunteers on a small group session-basis of up to five people per group booked via our online volunteering portal. We plan to increase numbers and bring back our other nine volunteer roles when safe to do so and in line with government and NVCO advice.

Before we have brought back all of our volunteer roles and especially while we are leading limited-number volunteer sessions we’ve made the decision not to induct any new volunteers into our team. This is partly to give our existing team of over 150 volunteers a chance at (currently only 10) limited volunteering spaces per week as well as a desire to give new volunteers as good as a welcome into the team as possible which is only achievable with a fully-functioning team of staff and volunteers.