East Devon District Council’s Countryside Service will hold the Wet and Wild Winter Weekend on the Axe Estuary Wetlands on Saturday, February 26 and Sunday, February 27
There is a range of free-of-charge scheduled events alongside drop-in activities where you can come and go as you please.
Scheduled events start at 10am each day at the new Field Studies Base between Colyford Common and Black Hole Marsh, and run through until 4pm.
Events include bird ringing demonstrations, a chance to look for small mammals, some tips on photographing wildlife in winter and guided walks of the nature reserves. ‘
Drop-in events run all day on both days and include bird-watching from the Island and Colyford Hides, especially looking for any ringed Swans, Shelduck or Black-Tailed Godwits. If visitors want to make a permanent mark on the Wetlands they can even help plant a young tree to make a new hedgerow.
For the children there will be building home-maker kits for birds or a home for bees as well as the chance to pretend to be a wigeon on migration!
There are also plenty of opportunities to have a tram trip as part of the Wetlands Weekend. There will be guided birdwatching on the tram from 9am until 11am. each morning at a cost of £10 per person.
At the other end of the day there is the opportunity to experience the spectacle of the sights and sounds of the estuary at dusk as the birds come in to roost. The Axe at Dusk trams cost £5 per person and run from 5pm until 7pm. There will be a hot drink at the end to help passengers thaw out as it can get a bit chilly on the tram, especially as it gets dark.
Prior booking and payment for both these tram events is essential with Seaton Tramway on 01297 20375. During the day a shuttle tram will be running from Seaton Terminus to Black Hole Marsh on the hour from 10am until 3 pm (except 1 p.m.).The shuttle tram does not require booking in advance and costs £3 for a single and £5 for a return ticket.
Further details about the weekend can be obtained from the Countryside Service on 01395 517 557 or on the East Devon Council site.
(from a press release)