RSPB Isley Marsh

RSPB Isley Marsh

RSPB Isley Marsh is a nature reserve managed by the UK’s largest conservation charity, the RSPB.

It provides a sanctuary for diverse wildlife and aims to inspire people to connect with and protect nature. The reserve offers various habitats, abundant bird species, and a focus on giving nature a home.

Visitors can enjoy the beauty of wetlands, marshes, and the symphony of birdsong. Through conservation efforts and education, the RSPB ensures the sustainability of ecosystems and fosters a passion for environmental stewardship.

It’s a captivating escape for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts while supporting vital conservation work.


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RSPB Isley Marsh Reviews

Nature preserve with public footpaths outside the marsh & mudflats, with views of estuary & birds.

Below are the latest reviews of RSPB Isley Marsh.

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Opening Hours:
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours
Sunday: Open 24 hours
Address: S W Coast Path, Yelland, Barnstaple EX31 3EN, UK

David Turner avatarDavid Turner
5 years ago
Unfortunately can not do a true report on this reserve as it was freezing cold and blowing a gale . But from what I saw it's probably a lovely place for a nice walk with some great wildlife. We did enjoy the walk and got to see a few things . On the down side place took some finding as ended up parking in a layby
Deborah Williams avatarDeborah Williams
7 months ago
Islay marsh, great for bird spotting including the spoonbills. Great that you can again park at Yelland Quay, walk up the Tarka trail to Islay Marsh. The Tarka trail is always a delight.
Adrian K Smith avatarAdrian K Smith
2 years ago
I used to visit every week until the land owner decided to place huge concrete blocks along the access road to prevent parking. I still go (via Instow) and it's still the same peaceful place. Great for bird watching and dog walking.
Stephen B avatarStephen B
2 years ago
I am sure it is great for the birds which is the main thing, but if you want to visit its hard to find, hard to park, bit of a trek to get to, and not much to see when you do. So, I'd not go out of my way to visit, leave it for the birds. Which is no problem at all.
Derek Bunce avatarDerek Bunce
2 years ago
A natural salt marsh that is often missed by tourists visiting North Devon. Important roosting area for Curlew and whimbrel. Also a good chance of seeing osprey and spoonbill.
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The address for RSPB Isley Marsh we have is: S W Coast Path, Yelland, Barnstaple EX31 3EN, UK. Use the map below for a closer view. Do check with your host for a definite location.

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