Exe Estuary

Exe Estuary

The Exe Estuary is one of the most protected estuaries in the Southwest.
Due to its internationally important bird species such as lapwing, grey plover, oystercatcher, cormorant, and avocet (at least 28% of the entire wintering avocet population of the UK call the estuary home during the migratory season), it has been designated a Special Protected Area. It also boasts a large array of ecologically important invertebrates such as Tiger moths, Hairy dragonflies, cockles, mussels, and crabs, contributing to it being awarded a Site of Special Scientific Interest. In addition, its wetland habitats, vital for wildlife and the general ecological health of the estuary, have earned it RAMSAR status.
Dawlish Warren is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a nature reserve on both a national and local level. The designation of SAC is due to its dunes that support a population of Petalwort, and the nature reserves because of the diverse and ecologically important plant and animal species that are found there.
It’s not just the wildlife that benefit from the beautiful Exe Estuary. As well as being a brilliant birdwatching spot, there are many other recreational activities that use the estuary – boating, diving, windsurfing, fishing, rowing, and walking to name but a few.

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April 2, 2015