This small estuary is in the process of a £15M project to restore the original flood-plain, lost 200 years ago, and although much heavy machinery is still working all round the site, more birds, both in numbers and species, are already evident.  Waders and ducks in winter are of particular interest, but many migrants and/or resident birds are present in all months on the plain or in the wooded sides, as well as seabirds off the estuary mouth.  The final breaking of the bank between the estuary and the former fields will happen towards the end of the project, in Spring 2023, after which the real value of the site will become clearer.  Meanwhile, ,public access continues to be easy, with plans to construct viewing areas during the first half of 2023.  A sizeable pay-and-display car park is available by the mouth of the river, accessible through the town of Budleigh Salterton, and a further car park is being constructed half a mile upstream.


This is a holding page until the project matures and will be updated as the site develops