The Birds of Sowton Industrial Estate

The Birds of Sowton Industrial Estate


A walk to discover the birds, both real and imaginary, of one of Exeter’s most neglected ecosystems

With the Birdman
aka Tony Whitehead of the RSPB

When was it?
5-7pm on 13 September

Where did we meet?
M5 Junction 30 Services

Where did it all end?
Back at the Services


Organise your own

First find an area of roads named after, or connected with, birds!

We chose a time at the end of weekday so that both workers on Sowton and local residents could join the walk. A lunchtime event would probably have attracted more workers. Publicity was via posters and postcards distributed in Sowton, and on social media.

We met at the M5 Junction 30 Services. The walk was planned to take in as many of the roads named after birds as possible, lasting 1.5 hours and ending back at the Services. There were shortcuts available if we went over time. The route was publicised in advance, and we tweeted our location during the walk, so others were able to join us.


The small print we circulated…

Download the poster

We need to manage numbers, so there are limited tickets available. But note that it will still be worth getting in touch or trying to find us on the day. We will share the likely route.

The event will probably happen whatever the weather, but again it’s worth getting in touch and keeping an eye on #BirdsofSowton on Twitter. Please dress appropriately. We’ll be walking approximately 2 miles.

We’ve timed the event so that it fits into the end of the working day. This also means that it will be rush hour in Sowton and the roads will be busy, so please take care at all times.

We will meet outside the main J30 Services entrance. Parking is free for 2 hours, or £15 for up to 24 hours. Parking is strictly enforced, so you may want to make other arrangements.

We aim to keep the walk under 2 hours, and will also finish at the Services. Some of us may gather afterwards at one of the cafes.


Sowton Industrial Estate