Mudbanks bird plan

PUBLISHED: 10:15 05 June 2009 | UPDATED: 11:07 10 June 2010

A NEW bird hide at Mudbank in Exmouth, overlooking the RSPB s bird sanctuary, could be in the offing.

A NEW bird hide at Mudbank in Exmouth, overlooking the RSPB's bird sanctuary, could be in the offing.

Geoff Morris, the chairman of Exmouth Birds Group, has written to the town council and said that East Devon District Council's Education Ranger James Chubb has 'expressed his enthusiasm' for the project.

The idea follows the release by the group of a leaflet called 'Wild birds by train'.

The site they have selected, he said, was shown on the leaflet as Exmouth's 'key viewpoint' for estuary birds. He added that a hide would 'strengthen' the Avocet Line's claim to be a bird watchers' line.

He said: "The site is undoubtedly our best bird watching location and is also on the East Devon Way and the Exmouth-Exeter Cycleway. Passersby will be attracted to it."

He said the project depended on Network Rail allowing the group to use the land beside the railway.

"We do not require any help (from the town council) at the moment, beyond hoping councillors can support our efforts on a project that could be of considerable benefit to the local community.

"The town council's support may be a significant factor in influencing Network Rail to approve the use of the site.

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