Hackney Marshes

Teign Estuary, Kingsteignton, Devon

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Hackney Marshes is a Local Nature Reserve. Buzzards, kestrels and pheasants are often seen around the marshes. Snipe feed there at night as, occasionally, do woodcock. Mammals include a range of mice and vole species and larger animals such as the badger. The meadows and ponds attract butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies in summer, including the emerald damselfly, which is not common in Devon. The ponds and streams provide good bird habitat and kingfishers, moorhens, mallards and herons are often seen by the waterside. The site is also known to be used by the rarer species Cetti's warbler and cirl bunting.

The site's small woodland includes oak, alder, ash and willow. The woodland is important locally as a nesting site for kestrels and many small mammals and foxes are also found here. The ruins of the Hackney hamlet are a few hundred metres from Hackney Marshes, further along the footpath to the Teign estuary. The remains of a canal that enabled barges to go right up to Kingsteignton also border the marshes. Trading along the canal ceased in 1928.

Facilities: Information Boards, Cycle Paths, Visitor Centre, and Walks.
Bus route available. Cycling and walking routes available.
Hackney Marshes is a Local Nature Reserve. Buzzards, kestrels and pheasants are often seen around the marshes. Snipe feed there at night as, occasionally, do woodcock. Mammals include a range of mice and vole species and larger animals such as the badger.

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - A network of level surfaced paths and ramped bridges suitable for wheelchairs, electric buggies and push chairs.

Catering

  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - so long as you keep them close so that you can clean up after them. Please keep them out of the vegetation where many birds and other creatures nest, sleep and feed.

Parking & Transport

  • On Bus Route
  • Parking (free) - a small car park at the northern end of the site.

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Hackney Marshes is located between Greenhill Way, the Kingsteignton Bypass and the head of the Teign Estuary. It is within easy reach from Kingsteignton by foot and Newton Abbot by car or bus. The site is only a short signposted drive from the A380, the main Exeter to Torquay road.

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