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RSPB Bowling Green Marsh

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Excellent birding

The RSPB reserve is extensive, but the hides make much of it accessible. A wide variety of wildfowl... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Riding Mill, United Kingdom
The winter hide

Particularly good in winter when huge flocks of ducks gather,also at high tide the estuary birds... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2018
Malaga, Spain
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“high tide”(8 reviews)
“bird hide”(7 reviews)
“bird watching”(4 reviews)
Bowling Green Marsh is on the east bank of the Exe Estuary, within easy walking distance of Topsham and our shop at Darts Farm. It's the main high tide roost for the north of the estuary and one of the best places to watch birds in south-west...more
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Bowling Green Rd, Topsham, Exeter EX3 0BG, England
+44 1392 824614
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The RSPB reserve is extensive, but the hides make much of it accessible. A wide variety of wildfowl and waders for the keen birder. Parking is congested on the approach road, so best to walk to the site from the town along the 'Goat Walk'...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank davestripe
Reviewed 28 September 2018 via mobile

Particularly good in winter when huge flocks of ducks gather,also at high tide the estuary birds come to the fields by the hide.Great info boards on visiting birds.Well laid out and spacious.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank peacockrentals
Reviewed 13 September 2018

Beautiful estuary views plus woodland, fields, reed beds. Large hide with comfortable seating & plenty of useful information.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank MazyWoodsG
Reviewed 31 August 2018

Went there on the recommendation of an interview in BBC Radio Devon with an RSPB person who said that there was a spoonbill to be seen. 200 - 300 yard walk from the neatest parking, but a well equipped hide with warden, coffee and settees!...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Felix-Mad-Dog
Reviewed 30 August 2018

We are members of the RSPB and on the spur of the moment decided to go to this. We first parked at Darts Farm and had a good look upstairs in the RSPB shop. Lots of interesting things on blackboards and a maps. We were...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank AnndAndPaul
Reviewed 17 August 2018

Situated down a long narrow lane, only 2 disabled parking spaces nearby, closest parking is road parking a few hundred metres up the lane, new hide, large viewing windows overlooking tidal pools, super views of curlew, black tailed godwits, spoonbill, green sandpiper.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank j w
Reviewed 2 August 2018

A delightfully peaceful place, volunteers are very helpful and sometimes coffee is also available. But only one disabled parking space adjacent to entrance

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank neilowen45
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We live nearby and visit regularly, especially the garden more than the bird hide and buildings, my 9 year old loves looking in the undergrowth for insects and he's seen mice which he loved, he went into the building once and enjoyed using the binoculars...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank nicky w
Reviewed 25 April 2018

Nice hide for viewing if the weather is inclement, but good anyway for viewing Green Shank Whimbrel water fowl. Couple of Car parking spaces for disabled right outside. Else it's a short walk down a hill for nearest parking. A short walk further on you...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Wellitsmytake
Reviewed 25 March 2018 via mobile

There is a board with the more common birds to be seen, but all the other people there were more than happy to share their knowledge and point out widgeon, curlew, godwits etc. Great views. Easy access. Fantastic for children.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank 664RachelH
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