A guide to Wildlife Spotting in Exmouth

Nestled on the stunning East Devon coastline, Exmouth is a charming town that offers not only picturesque landscapes but also a rich diversity of wildlife waiting to be discovered. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a birdwatcher, or simply someone who appreciates the beauty of the outdoors, Exmouth has something special to offer. Read on to discover some of the best places for wildlife spotting in and around Exmouth. 
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Exe Estuary: A Haven for Birdwatchers 

 The Exe Estuary is a paradise for birdwatchers, boasting an incredible array of bird species throughout the year. One of the highlights is the famous avocet, an elegant wader with its distinctive upturned bill. Take a leisurely stroll or cycle along the Exe Estuary Trail, which offers breath-taking views and numerous bird hides, providing the perfect vantage points for observing the local feathered residents. 

Exmouth Local Nature Reserve: Hidden Gem for Wildlife Enthusiasts 

Tucked away from the bustling town, the Exmouth Local Nature Reserve is a hidden gem waiting to be explored. With its diverse habitats, including wetlands and woodlands, the reserve is a haven for a variety of wildlife. Look out for dragonflies hovering over ponds, listen for the rustle of small mammals in the undergrowth, and enjoy the tranquillity of this natural oasis. 

Maer Local Nature Reserve: Coastal Bliss and Biodiversity 

Explore the Maer Local Nature Reserve for a unique coastal experience. This reserve, located on the Maer, offers a blend of sandy shores and saltmarsh habitats. Keep an eye out for coastal birds, such as sandpipers and gulls, and appreciate the dynamic ecosystems that thrive along the shoreline. 

Bystock Nature Reserve: Woodland Retreat and Wetland Wonders 

Venture into the Bystock Nature Reserve, a haven for woodland wildlife and wetland wonders. With its diverse landscapes, including ancient woodland and ponds, this reserve provides a tranquil setting for spotting dragonflies, amphibians, and woodland birds. The network of trails allows you to explore the varied habitats and observe nature at its finest. 

Exmouth Beach: Where Land Meets Sea 

Extend your wildlife adventure at Exmouth Beach, a stretch of golden sand where the land meets the sea. The beach is not only a haven for sun-seekers but also a hotspot for coastal wildlife. Keep an eye out for wading birds along the shoreline, and during low tide, explore the rockpools for small marine creatures. Seagulls, terns, and other seabirds are a common sight, making Exmouth Beach a perfect spot for birdwatching against the backdrop of the azure sea. 

Stuart Line Cruises: Marine Wildlife Spectacular 

Embark on a Stuart Line Cruise from Exmouth Marina for an unforgettable marine wildlife experience. These boat trips take you along the stunning Exe Estuary and Jurassic Coast, offering opportunities to spot seals, dolphins, and a variety of seabirds. Knowledgeable guides on board share insights into the local ecosystem, making it an educational and entertaining adventure for all ages. 

A La Ronde Gardens: Botanical Beauty and Butterflies 

A La Ronde is a unique sixteen-sided house surrounded by enchanting gardens, offering a serene escape into nature. The beautifully landscaped gardens are a haven for butterflies and insects. Pack a picnic, explore the winding pathways, and keep your eyes peeled for the vibrant colours of butterflies fluttering from flower to flower. It’s a delightful experience for families and nature enthusiasts alike. 

Jurassic Coast: Fossil Hunting Extravaganza  

Exmouth is a gateway to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its geological significance. While not technically wildlife, the fossils found along this stretch of coastline offer a fascinating glimpse into prehistoric life. Venture out top the coastline and unearth ancient marine creatures like ammonites and belemnites. 


With its diverse landscapes and rich biodiversity, Exmouth is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Whether you’re exploring the estuaries, fossil hunting along the Jurassic Coast, or immersing yourself in the tranquillity of local nature reserves, Exmouth provides a unique opportunity to connect with nature. So, pack your binoculars, lace-up your walking shoes, and get ready to embark on a wildlife spotting adventure in this charming coastal town. You never know what fascinating creatures await you just around the corner! 

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