East Devon District Council manages the two Local Nature Reserves – Seaton Marshes and Colyford Common.
Seaton Marshes contains the beautiful Borrow Pit pond which has a popular pond dipping platform. Otters have been spotted here during the winter whilst the pond and surrounding ditches are full of dragonflies and damselflies through the summer.
There is a bird hide on Colyford Common which offers fantastic views across the upper reaches of the estuary and surrounding saltmarsh. A new boardwalk leads to the hide and also to a viewing platform further north which gives great views of waders such as Curlew in winter.