See wooden and willow wildlife at new Seaton Wetlands nature trail

Families can now enjoy a new wildlife-themed sculpture trail at Seaton Wetlands, featuring 11 natural sculptures spread around the nature reserve.

Funded by Tesco’s Bags of Help, all the sculptures have been hand-crafted out of natural materials.

The challenge is to find all 11 willow and wood sculptures of a crow, hare, snail, willow dragon fly, wooden dragon fly, frog, heron, stickleback, deer, buzzard and snake.

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A hand-carved frog is among the sculptures.

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One of the willow sculptures to find.

The Wild East Devon team has installed the sculptures at locations that will not disturb the resident wildlife.

The trail starts near the car park and follows the main path, past Black Hole Marsh and around Stafford Marsh.

Visitors can download a trail flyer to their phones, or print one out at home.

Copies are also available on site from the car park when you arrive at Seaton Wetlands, and at the Lookout and the Pope’s Lane entrance.

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There is an online trail guide that can be printed out at home, or pick up a copy at the site.

Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council portfolio holder for coast, country and environment said: “I’m delighted to see the new sculpture trail is open and being enjoyed by people of all ages.

“Residents and visitors alike can come along to enjoy a lovely walk around Seaton wetlands and discover the sculptures along the way.

“This new nature trail will provide chances for quiet reflection for adults and fun exploration for young people.”

He added: “If you are visiting make sure you pick up the sculpture trail flyer from the car park, or Lookout, at Seaton Wetlands to tick off all the sculptures you find.”

Coates English Willow, in Somerset, created seven of the wildlife sculptures. The four wooden creatures were made by Greenspace Design, in Devon.

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The sculptures have been placed in areas where wildlife will not be disturbed.

The sculpture trail was funded from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant, which runs in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, awarding money to local community projects.

All bird hides at Seaton Wetlands are now open again with Covid safety measures place, which includes limiting numbers through capacity, removal of windows and provision of hand sanitizer.

The Discovery Hut and Toilets currently remain closed.

The nearest public toilets can be found in Colyton or Seaton.

See the trail flyer here.

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