Bowling Green Marsh (The Exe Estuary)

About this route

Bowling Green Marsh makes up part of the Exe Estuary, an area of international importance for wintering waders and wildfowl.

Adjacent to the town of Topsham, this is the main high tide roost for the north of the estuary. Large numbers of waders and wildfowl gather here as the tide rises and covers the mudflats, especially in the winter. High numbers of black-tailed godwits can be seen and many widgeon graze on the marsh. Though rarely seen, otters use the site.

Getting Around

By bus: service from Exeter and Exmouth to Topsham (ask for Elm Grove School stop).
By train: The Avocet line runs from Exeter and Exmouth to Topsham.
See Travel Devon for bus and train times.
By bike: Route 2 of the National Cycle Network.
By car: reserve is signposted from Holman Way car park in Topsham.

Facilities
Hide and viewing platform as well as roadside viewing which is suitable for wheelchair users.
Terrain
Accessibility

Interesting information

Bowling Green Marsh is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Special Protected Area

Photo of geese on a lake in marshes
Bowling Green Marsh Copyright Derek Harper (geograph.org.uk)

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