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Guided Birdwatching Cruises

Start Date: Thu 22nd November 2018

End Date: Wed 6th March 2019

Join our leading ornithologists to see the thousands of migrating birds on the glorious River Exe.

During the Winter months the River Exe becomes a home for many of migrating birds, one of the reasons this river is a designated RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance and a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its nature and wildlife.

Knowledgeable and informative commentary from renowned ornithologists throughout provide guidance on the species, habitats and behaviours of the thousands of bird that have made their way to this stunning part of the world.

Our boats have covered and heated lower decks with excellent panoramic windows, and outside upper decks with cosy blankets for plenty of fresh air and great views!

These three hour cruises sail along the calm and sheltered waters of the river and due to the length of this trips we would not recommend them for young children.

All tickets cost just £12.50 per person, and for just an extra £3.50 a hot and tasty Chunk of Devon pasty, both steak and vegetarian, can be added onto your booking!

Bookings can be made online at www.stuartlinecruises.co.uk/bird-watching
Call 01395 222144

Golden Carrot Hunt

Start Date: Sat 16th February 2019

End Date: Fri 5th April 2019

Take part in The Donkey Sanctuary’s Golden Anniversary celebrations with this entertaining family activity that combines fun, exercise and brainpower.

Follow the clues around the sanctuary to find the golden carrots and discover interesting facts relating to special events or achievements that have defined their first 50 years, before uncovering the hidden treasure to claim your golden reward. Just £3 per treasure hunt.

So embrace the great outdoors this February half-term and enjoy a meet and greet with some of the hundreds of friendly donkeys who are cared for at the sanctuary, including the gentle giant Poitous, the lovable adoption donkeys and the adorable minis.

Open 9am – 4pm; entry and parking at the sanctuary is FREE (donations welcome). Dogs on leads are welcome.

Further information
thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/sidmouth
01395 578222 | enquiries@thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk

All proceeds help fund the work of The Donkey Sanctuary Worldwide.

Nest box building at Seaton Wetlands

Start Date: Tue 19th February 2019

End Date: Tue 19th February 2019

Make bird nest boxes for your garden
Join the Wild East Devon rangers and make a bird nest box to attract nesting birds to your garden this spring.

Each kit has been created by the Seaton Wetlands volunteers and includes instructions.

Put your box together using a hammer and nails.

The rangers will be available if you need any help.

Please book a child’s place for each bird box you would like to make! Each kit is £10.

10am to 11.30am: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/february-2019/nest-box-building-19-february-10am-to-1130am/ /> 11:30 to 1pm: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/february-2019/nest-box-building-19-february-10am-to-1130am/

Bird watching for children

Start Date: Wed 20th February 2019

End Date: Wed 20th February 2019

Learn about the birds at Seaton Wetlands
Come and learn about the different species of birds found at Seaton Wetlands with an experienced volunteer guide.

If you’re lucky you may spot the resident kingfisher catching fish in the estuary.

This event is perfect for school aged children.

See if you can complete your bird spotting sheets using our binoculars.

All children must be accompanied by an adult, but adult spaces do not need to be booked.

£2 per child

10am to 11am: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/february-2019/bird-watching-for-children-20-february-10am-to-11am/ /> 11am to 12noon: http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/february-2019/bird-watching-for-children-20-february-10am-to-11am/

Willow Breton Button Basket

Start Date: Sat 23rd February 2019

End Date: Sat 23rd February 2019

Make a large round willow basket in a day
Join Windrush Willow at Seaton Wetlands for a willow weaving course suitable for beginners.

Make a large round willow basket in a day.

2 good strong hands needed.

Must be 12 years or over to work independently.

A great fun day with some serious learning elements.

No tools or experience necessary. Please bring an apron, notepad and packed lunch.

Cost includes all willow materials, expert tuition and hot drinks throughout the day.

The class takes place in the peaceful Reed Base classroom in the heart of the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve.

9.30am to 4.30pm
The Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands
£45 per person
Book online at: wildeastdevon.co.uk

What’s that bird? 28 February

Start Date: Thu 28th February 2019

End Date: Thu 28th February 2019

Whatever your experience come along and improve your bird identification skills
Join an experienced volunteer guide for an informal drop-in session to help improve your bird identification skills and get the most out of your visit to Seaton Wetlands.

All are welcome to come and enjoy time spent birdwatching, whatever your level of knowledge.

Hide TBC, follow signs on the day.

Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session.

11am to 1pm

Free

No booking required

Willow Plant Supports

Start Date: Sat 2nd March 2019

End Date: Sat 2nd March 2019

Make a sweet pea support and a grow through in a day
Join Windrush Willow at Seaton Wetlands for a willow weaving course suitable for beginners.

Make a sweet pea support and a grow through in a day.

2 good strong hands needed.

Must be 12 years or over to work independently.

A great fun day with some serious learning elements.

No tools or experience necessary. Please bring an apron, notepad and packed lunch.

Cost includes all willow materials, expert tuition and hot drinks throughout the day.

The class takes place in the peaceful Reed Base classroom in the heart of the Seaton Wetlands Nature Reserve.

10am to 4pm
Reed Base at Seaton Wetlands
£45 per person
Book online at: wildeastdevon.co.uk

Bird ringing demonstration 8 March

Start Date: Fri 8th March 2019

End Date: Fri 8th March 2019

Bird ringing demonstration by Axe Estuary Ringing Group
An exciting chance to see wild birds up close as they are ringed to allow us to obtain important data about them.

Join the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society and the Seaton Wetlands over 55s Outdoors Club at this session.

Please note, this event is dependent on suitable conditions and weather. Sometimes the event is unavoidably cancelled at the last minute.

Check the Axe Estuary Ringing Group’s blog for up to date information, additional ringing dates or cancellation

9am to midday, drop-in
Free
No booking required
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/march-2019/bird-ringing-demonstration-8-march/

What’s that bird? 9 March

Start Date: Sat 9th March 2019

End Date: Sat 9th March 2019

Whatever your experience come along and improve your bird identification skills
Join an experienced volunteer guide for an informal drop-in session to help improve your bird identification skills and get the most out of your visit to Seaton Wetlands.

All are welcome to come and enjoy time spent birdwatching, whatever your level of knowledge.

Hide TBC, follow signs on the day.

Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session.

Warm-up with a trip to the The Discovery Hut, open from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 9 March for hot drinks, refreshments and more information about the site.

11am to 1pm
Free
No booking required
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/march-2019/whats-that-bird-9-march/

What’s that bird? 28 March

Start Date: Thu 28th March 2019

End Date: Thu 28th March 2019

Whatever your experience come along and improve your bird identification skills
Join an experienced volunteer guide for an informal drop-in session to help improve your bird identification skills and get the most out of your visit to Seaton Wetlands.

All are welcome to come and enjoy time spent birdwatching, whatever your level of knowledge.

Hide TBC, follow signs on the day.

Telescopes and binoculars are available for use in the hide free of charge during the session.

11am to 1pm
Free
No booking required
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/march-2019/whats-that-bird-28-march/

Mother’s day treats at Seaton Wetlands

Start Date: Sat 30th March 2019

End Date: Sun 31st March 2019

Enjoy cream tea at Seaton Wetlands
Explore Seaton Wetlands this Mother’s Day and treat your mum, granny and yourself to a delicious cream tea at the Discovery Hut in the heart of Seaton Wetlands.

Enjoy scones handmade by Paul’s Bakery (Seaton).

Cream teas served with a hot drink for £3 per person. Cash only.

Served by our fantastic volunteers from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March.
Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands
No booking required.

Mother’s day treats at Seaton Wetlands (Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March)

Start Date: Sat 30th March 2019

End Date: Sun 31st March 2019

Enjoy cream tea at Seaton Wetlands
Explore Seaton Wetlands this Mother’s Day and treat your mum, granny and yourself to a delicious cream tea at the Discovery Hut in the heart of Seaton Wetlands.

Enjoy scones handmade by Paul’s Bakery (Seaton) served with plenty of jam and cream in the peaceful Seaton Wetlands. Gluten free cake will be available.

Discover bird hides, a stream and wildlife garden set alongside the Axe Estuary.

Cream teas served with a hot drink for £3 per person. Cash only.

Served by our fantastic volunteers from 10am to 4pm on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March.

10am to 4pm
£3 per cream tea
No booking required
http://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/countryside-events/march-2019/mothers-day-treats-at-seaton-wetlands-saturday-30-march/

Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival

Start Date: Fri 31st May 2019

End Date: Sat 1st June 2019

The 7th Ottery St Mary Food & Families Festival is planned for Saturday June 1 2019, with various Fringe activities on Friday evening (May 31). Free entry, with lots to do for all the family.