Gettng wet and wild at Seaton Marshes

PUBLISHED: 11:22 13 August 2009 | UPDATED: 09:55 18 June 2010

EVERYONE is welcome to the action-packed Wet and Wild Weekend of free activities run by East Devon District Council s countryside service.

EVERYONE is welcome to the action-packed Wet and Wild Weekend of free activities run by East Devon District Council's countryside service.

From 10am until 4pm, from Friday, August 21 to Sunday, August 23 there will be pond dipping and bird watching, nets and binoculars for dipping and watching are supplied and experts will be on hand to identify what you can see, and 'Muddy History' is a chance for kids to enjoy archaeology and get muddy.

Moth breakfast on Saturday morning is the chance to look at these under-rated animals, up-close, while indulging in a bacon butty. Bird ringing is an opportunity to see some familiar and unfamiliar garden birds, and breakfast is available at a small charge, also, the borrow pit fish, in Meet the Fish, are very special as the pond has never been stocked before, they have all arrived naturally, probably as eggs stuck to birds' legs.

Black Hole Marsh, a new saline lagoon, is not yet open to the public, but as part of the weekend, there will two evening bird-watching sessions led by local bird enthusiasts, the lagoon will be drained down for the weekend so that even more birds than usual are enticed in by the abundance of food.

Some of the activities are suitable for people in wheelchairs.

For more details, call (01395) 517557.

Some events require booking and all are free apart from a small charge for breakfast and for some materials.

Seaton Marshes is located off Hillymead, Seaton. Parking is available at the Underfleet pay and display, which can be found by following the Seaton Tramway/Tourist Information Centre signs.

The programme is as follows:

Friday 21 August - muddy history, voles and bats

10am - 4pm Pond dipping

10am - 4pm Meet the birds*

11am - 12 noonMuddy history for kids*

2pm - 4pm Water vole and otter walk

6pm - 8pm Birding at Black Hole Marsh**

8pm - 10pm Bat walk

Saturday 22 August - willow dragonflies and Wild Art

8am - 10am Moth breakfast*

10am - 4pm Meet the Birds*

10am - 4pm Wild Art and storytelling

10am - 4pm Pond dipping

10am - 3pm (hourly) Willow weaving*

11am - 12 noon Axe history walk

6pm - 8pm Birding at Black Hole Marsh**

7pm - 9pm Storytelling**

Sunday 23 August - bushcraft and Meet the Fish

8am - 10am Bird ringing with breakfast*

10am - 4pm Pond dipping

10am - 4pm Meet the fish

10am - 4pm Meet the birds*

10am & 1.30pm Bushcraft - twine making

11am - 12 noon Muddy history for kids*

11.30am & 3pm Bushcraft - firelighting*

*Accessible for people in wheelchairs

**Requires booking on 01395 517557


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