Lower Otter Restoration Project

calendar_today 25th March, 2024 by Alpine Park Cottages

Lower Otter Restoration Project
Alpine Park Cottages

The River Otter estuary sits within the East Devon area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The network of paths that allow access to the site.   While cycling is not allowed,  people make use of the paths each year for walking, running, and dog walking. They link up with the South West Coast Park.  The combined network allows access up and down the east and west sides of the estuary. Several lovely circular walks can be done between Otterton and Budleigh Salterton Beach and around the lower end of the estuary.   

The Otter Estuary is nationally important for nature and is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is made up of salt marsh and mudflats; these rare environments support plants and animals that are specially adapted to thrive in the extreme conditions created by tidal flooding. Where the tide reaches its limit reedbeds and scrubs grow. All of these habits create a nature reserve that is home to a rich array of wildlife all year round. Look out for breeding birds in the summer including swans with their cygnets and the elusive but noisy Cetti’s warbler. During the winter months, there are good views of ducks, geese and wading birds that will be resting and feeding.

Mammals including dormice, bats and otters can be found in the lower Otter Valley, with the beaver being amongst the most recent colonists.

To access the estuary from the south, there is car parking provided by East Devon District Council close to the estuary mouth and Budleigh Beach at Lime Kiln Car Park. 

Park at Lime Kiln and walk along the Estuary and River to Otterton, here you will find Otterton Mill and The Kings Arm's, where you can enjoy a bit to eat. Otterton Mill is home to an ancient mill, The ancient mill workings are fully open and free to enter for public viewing, a self-guided tour is on display and the water wheel is kept turning.

The estuary is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) supporting fragile habitats that are easily damaged so please be mindful of how you enjoy the site. Dogs should be kept on the path and under close control.

Toilets can be found on the Seafront at Budleigh, just along from 50 degress cafe, where you can obtain drinks and snacks. 

Otter Estuary Tree

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