Devon Birds entered an agreement with the local landowner in 1996 to build a wheelchair accessible hide on the south side of Beesands Ley. This provides excellent views across the whole 12 ha lake,fringing reeds ,scrubs and trees.
My Mum and I frequently walk the 800 mt to sit in the remote spot where we hear the beautiful call of the Cetti’s Warbler and watch the abundance of swallows and house martins . We also walk along the East side of the Ley where the reeds are dense but if you are familiar with the various birdsong you will identify various warblers and other migrants .
Coot,Great Crested Grebe,Pochard,Tufted Duck,Gadwell and Shovler are present and Bittern have been seen.
Neighbouring Slapton Ley is well known and consequently can be busy whilst Beesands is good for observing winter wildfowl and March specials as well as sea watching.
Other birds sightings earlier this year includes Marsh Harrier in nearby West Charlton Marsh and further a field in Dartmoor Whinchats,Redpoll,Skylark,Meadow Pipit,Wheatear,Redstart and Stonechat.
We can easily spend a quiet day from 1 Beesands watching wildlife and really escaping the stresses 21st century life throws us!