Bill Oddie supports Axe Wetlands work

NATURALIST Bill Oddie has sent a message of support to district council staff and volunteers for the work on the Axe Wetlands to create a large reserve on the estuary.

The former member of the Goodies trio of comedians wrote about his youth spent at the River Axe and praised the work done there.

Bill met biodiversity exhibition volunteer Mike Dannatt in the past, who told him about the activities being run.

Bill wrote a letter, in which he said: “The plans and changes associated with the Axe Wetlands project will, I have no doubt at all, constitute a huge gain – for birds, for other wildlife and, of course, for people.”

A ‘wet and wild’ weekend will take place in the Axe Estuary Wetlands from August 20 to 22.

The East Devon District Council event, in its third year, will include a variety of activities – most of which are free.

Run by the council’s countryside team, rangers and volunteers are offering a whole weekend of wildlife discovery on the reserve. It is hoped a new generation of young people can get up close to nature and be inspired – just as Bill was all those years ago.

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This time, for the first year, there will be wildlife photography sessions with resident photographer Ben Lee.

Between 10am and 4pm each day, there will be pond dipping, bird watching and minibeast hunting.

For more information, visit or call EDDC’s Countryside Service on 01395 517557 or email