Bird lovers invited to free event

Discover the difference between a Common Sandpiper and a Redshank at a bird identification day.

Award-winning Seaton Wetlands will host the free event on Thursday, June 20.

It is open to everyone and aims to help nature lovers improve their bird identification skills.

At various times of the year, the wetlands is ‘home’ to a plethora of temporary as well as resident species. Wading birds and barn owls are frequent visitors.

An experienced volunteer guide will host this weekend’s informal drop-in session from 11am to 1pm. No booking is necessary – just turn up.

You won’t need any previous birdwatching knowledge, and free telescopes and binoculars will be available to use in the hide.

Seaton Wetlands is located in Colyford Road, Seaton. Parking is available via Seaton Cemetery.

East Devon District Council, which is organising the event, points out there are steps to access the Tower Hide and that dogs are not permitted.

Last summer the Axe Estuary Ringing Group caught and ringed a total of 185 birds in two sessions,

including 40 Reed Warblers, 11 Sedge Warblers, three Treecreepers, a Stonechat and 34 Blue Tits.

For further information about the bird identification day, call 01395 517557 or email the council’s countryside team.

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