Bird Watching on the Axe River
There are two beautiful nature reserves, Seaton Marshes and Colyford Common, next to the glorious River Axe estuary, which plays host to an ever-changing selection of birds through the seasons.
Seaton Tramway’s Bird Watching Trips give you exclusive access to remote parts of the valley; you are likely to see between 30 and 50 different species of bird during your 2-hour trip.
Some people like to make lists of birds seen and most seem happy if some of the favourites, like kingfishers, little egrets or birds of prey are seen. You can always expect a range of waders, ducks and gulls. Autumn can bring a passing osprey or wood sandpiper and numbers build up in winter as wigeon, teal, lapwing and black tailed godwits arrive. The evocative calls of curlew, redshank, wigeon and teal add another dimension and as spring arrives warblers add their songs and shelduck carry out their courtship displays.
A network of paths are being created to provide public access to all of the different habitats. Up to three and a half miles of routes will be available to explore and these will be screened wherever necessary to avoid disturbance to the wildlife.
This is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans. A visit to the Swannery is considered one of the best things to do in Dorset.