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Bowling Green Marsh

Bowling Green Marsh

Where the River Clyst meets the River Exe and they merge into the tidal estuary, this internationally important site attracts spectacular gatherings of water birds at high tide, particularly in winter

This place is a Clyst Valley Gem

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Bowling Green, and adjacent Goosemoor, are a haven for overwintering birds. Salt marshes form where the rivers meet the sea, flooding the marshes with salt water brought in on the tides. 

These tidal salt marshes and mudflats provide wetland habitats for thousands of migrating waders, ducks and geese that visit every year. High-tide roosting sites and mud flats revealed by the receding tides. With bird hides and viewpoints along easily accessible routes, there’s something to see here every season of the year.

How to get here without a car

On the edge of Topsham along the River Exe, within easy reach of the train station and village high street, there are plenty of walking and cycling routes for safe connections to explore this river landscape full of wildlife.


Topsham Station is on the Exmouth branch of the AVOCET LINE leaving from Exeter

St David’s and tracking along the Exe Valley. 0.7 miles from Bowling Green Marsh (Cycles are carried on a first-come, first-served basis)


Stagecoach Bus Service Exeter – Exmouth.This service stops at Topsham train station and Topsham Bridge Hill (closest to Bowling Green Marsh)


National Cycle Network Route 2 – Exe Estuary Trail from Exeter to Exmouth 

On foot

Easy walking routes from Topsham Station and Darts Farm. 



Other information

Bike parking



Teas and Coffees are sometimes available in the RSPB Hide, there are cafes in Topsham and at Darts Farm