Artist unveils guide to river wildlife

PUBLISHED: 09:00 28 April 2013

Pictured at the unveiling of information panels at the Otter Estuary are Doug Cullen, the Otter Nature Reserve Voluntary Warden, and the artist Mike Langman, along with Pete Youngman, AONB; Ed Lagdon, Pebblebed Heaths Trust; Steve Waite, Devon Birds; Patrick Hamilton, Chairman OVA Natural Environment Committee; Trevor Waddington, OVA; Bob Wiltshire, OVA and Budleigh in Bloom; Jonathan Ruscoe, Chairman East Devon branch of Devon  Birds; Doug's wife and Secretary Joan; Ray Hamilton, Devon Birds; Martin McGuire, EDDC Technical Officer; Dr Sam Bridgewater, Clinton Devon Estates.

Pictured at the unveiling of information panels at the Otter Estuary are Doug Cullen, the Otter Nature Reserve Voluntary Warden, and the artist Mike Langman, along with Pete Youngman, AONB; Ed Lagdon, Pebblebed Heaths Trust; Steve Waite, Devon Birds; Patrick Hamilton, Chairman OVA Natural Environment Committee; Trevor Waddington, OVA; Bob Wiltshire, OVA and Budleigh in Bloom; Jonathan Ruscoe, Chairman East Devon branch of Devon Birds; Doug's wife and Secretary Joan; Ray Hamilton, Devon Birds; Martin McGuire, EDDC Technical Officer; Dr Sam Bridgewater, Clinton Devon Estates.

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New information panels which give an insight into wildlife on the Otter Estuary have been unveiled.

The panels are situated on Donkey Turn and on the Otter footpath near the new hide.

They are designed to stimulate interest in the Otter Nature Reserve and provide a means of identifying wildlife that may be seen there.

They are designed by the artist Mike Langman, and are the brainchild of Doug Cullen, the volunteer warden for the reserve.

Doug said: “I wanted to provide some form of identification pictures, because so often I am asked ‘What’s that bird?’, particularly by visitors and tourists.

“The two pictures are the Birds of the Grazing Marsh, which will be placed along the path where I receive most questions ,and the Estuary Birds, which shows those seen from the Donkey Turn.

“The artist has colour-marked the birds, giving details of when they are likely to be seen and whether they are resident.”

Along with the real local birds, the artist has also included an unnamed mystery creature that shouldn’t be there, as a test for visitors.

Funding for the panels was provided by the East Devon AONB, the Otter Valley Association, Devon Birds and the Pebblebed Heath Trust, who all support the reserve in conjunction with Clinton Devon Estates.

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