Residents of Budleigh Salterton and the surrounding area are invited to come and celebrate the official designation of the Otter Estuary as a National Nature Reserve this Friday (February 16).

The reserve covers an area of almost 90 hectares (more than 222 acres) in the lower Otter Valley at Budleigh Salterton, including Otter Head. 

Between 11.30am and 4pm on Friday, members of the team managing the reserve will be at the Lime Kiln car park to meet local people and give more information about it. The land is owned by Clinton Devon Estates and managed by the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust.

Smaller pop-up events will be taking place on the afternoons of Saturday, February 17 and Sunday 18.

A competition has also been launched to encourage people to explore the Otter Estuary Trail. A quiz can be downloaded from the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust website, with answers to be found at the viewing platforms around the nature reserve. Paper copies can be picked up at the event hub at Lime Kiln car park on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Completed quizzes should be handed to one of the Pebblebed Heaths team, or taken to Budleigh Information Centre/East Budleigh village shop, by Monday, February 19 - the correct entries will be entered into a draw to win a 'wetland themed prize'.