In response to the latest lockdown in England, East Devon Council have made the difficult decision to enact the following temporary changes to their operations across the region's nature reserves. The below is now in place until Sunday 28 February:

  • Ten nature reserves remain open. Residents of East Devon can still use the green, open spaces as part of their permitted daily exercise while observing social distancing measures. All visitors to the reserves are asked to take extra care when making contact with surfaces such as gates.
  • No events will take place. It is hoped to run family outdoor events in February Half Term. Visit the council's event pages here for up-to-date listings.
  • Volunteer activities have been paused on all sites. Recruitment of new volunteers is also suspended, but there are waiting lists for each role. To add your name, please email
  • The four Bird Hides at Seaton Wetlands will close for the time being. Black Hole Marsh and the Axe Estuary can still be viewed from the open-air viewing platforms.
  • The toilets at Seaton Wetlands will remain open for the time being with a more regular cleaning schedule.
  • The Discovery Hut at Seaton Wetlands remains closed until further notice.
  • The Tramper Hire service at Seaton Wetlands is suspended until further notice.

East Devon Council have suspended moderate and above risk activities to ensure no avoidable call on the region's amazing emergency services, which means inconveniences such as temporary closures to some permissive paths may be in effect. These measures will be under review by the team and any change will be communicated to all involved as the situation develops.

Thank you for your support of the team up to now, please stay safe and await further updates from us with regards to each aspect of Wild East Devon.