Get up close with wildlife at Seaton Wetlands new sculpture trail

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Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 22:07

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 of the sculptures have been made by craftsmen out of natural materials. Coates Willow created seven of the sculptures by weaving willow to form intricate wildlife sculptures. The four wooden sculptures were made by Greenspace Design, a local team who specialise in detailed timber carvings.

The Wild East Devon team have carefully chosen to install the sculptures at locations that won’t disturb the resident wildlife. The trail starts near the car park and follows the main path, past Black Hole Marsh and around Stafford Marsh.

Councillor Geoff Jung, East Devon District Council’s 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.

“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!”

Visitors can download the trail flyer to their phones or print at home 
https://eastdevon.gov.uk/countryside/wild-east-devon-nature-reserves/seaton-wetlands/wetlands-sculpture-trail/

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

Seaton Wetlands is continuing to welcome visitors. All bird hides are now open again but with measures in place to make your visit safe, this includes limiting capacity, removal of windows and provision of hand sanitizer. Unfortunately the Discovery Hut and Toilets will not be open for the foreseeable time. The nearest public toilet facilities can be found in Colyton or Seaton.

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