Seaton Wetlands - a great place to see the birds

PUBLISHED: 11:11 09 December 2016 | UPDATED: 11:22 09 December 2016

Seaton Wetlands - a  great place to to see migrating birds at this time of year.

Seaton Wetlands - a great place to to see migrating birds at this time of year.


The festive season is the perfect time to catch a glimpse of teal and shelduck

Seaton Wetlands is providing a vital home for migrating birds – and experts say there is no better time than now to go and take a look.

Currently flocks of teal and shelduck can be seen on the tidal lagoon of Black Hole Marsh.

East Devon countryside team leader James Chubb said: “There are two bird-hides located on the lagoon at Black Hole Marsh, which give visitors close-up views of the migrating birds without disturbing their daytime feeding, which is vital for their survival.

“Also on the Seaton Wetlands, the elusive resident ‘water rails’ become far more visible when there is a sharp frost, driving them out of their reedbed cover to look for food on unfrozen ground. Even in really cold weather, this is a bird you hear far more than you see as they tend to hide away in grassy cover revealing their location by their grunting cackling calls.

The bird-hide at Black Hole Marsh is a great place to look out for barn owls making early evening forays across the marsh hunting small mammals and even the occasional snipe!

“The car park at Seaton Wetlands has recently been expanded allowing for more visitors interested in spotting these winter visitors.’’

* East Devon has many places where you can see mesmerising displays of winter bird life, a sight which seems all the more remarkable set against a frozen backdrop! To find out more about birding sites managed by the East Devon District Council Countryside service visit

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