RSPB Bowling Green Marsh Reserve (RSPB Events) Topsham
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RSPB Bowling Green Marsh Reserve (RSPB Events) venue information
Bowling Green Marsh is on the east bank of the Exe Estuary, within easy walking distance of both Topsham High Street and our shop at Darts Farm. It overlooks the Clyst and allows over-wintering birds a choice of safe roosting sites as the rising tide pushes them off the mudflats.
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 England. You can see large numbers of waterbirds at very close range in winter - hundreds of black-tailed godwits and wigeons feed close to the hide. Throughout the year, the open water attracts many different species of wetland birds; little grebes, mute swans and a variety of ducks breed here.
As there isn't a car park onsite (except for Blue badge holders), the 'By car' directions take you to the near by Holman Way car park. See 'How to get here' (left) for details on getting to the reserve from here.
Open at all times
It's free, but donations are welcomed
If you are new to birdwatching...
Throughout the year the open water attracts many different species of wetland birds and the hide offers great opportunities for close-up views.
Information for families
Regular guided walks and events are held at the reserve but don't miss the weekly nature walk with our staff from the RSPB shop at Darts Farm, Topsham. Want to get up-close to our winter visitors? Every winter (late October to early March) our mini Avocet cruises (1.5 hours) depart from Topsham, giving spectacular views of thousands of birds feeding on the estuary mud. Our longer winter cruises depart mainly from Starcross. Ring 01392 432691 for further details.
Information for dog owners
Some access for dogs, along Bowling Green Lane and around the Goat Walk to Topsham Quay.
Car park : The nearest parking is at the Council Pay & Display car park at Holman Way (75 spaces) and the Quay (24 spaces). The nearest public toilets (RADAR) are also at The Quay (15 minute walk from the hide). 'Orange badge' adjacent reserved parking space available).
Group bookings accepted
Guided walks available
Good for walking
The Clyst viewing platform offers panoramic views over the estuary and a good variety of wildlife is seen as the tide rises and falls. At our well-sited hide it is not unusual in the colder months for brightly-coloured wigeons to be only feet away while feeding.
Venue contact details and info
Name: RSPB Bowling Green Marsh Reserve (RSPB Events)
Address: RSPB Bowling Green Marsh, Bowling Green Rd, Topsham EX3 0BG, Topsham , EX3 0BG
Phone: 01392 833311
Venue short url: https://www.skiddle.com/venues/68679/
Type of venue: Outdoors
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