Hackney Marshes

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Hackney Marshes is a County Wildlife Site and consists of 5 main habitat types; flood meadows, ponds, streams, hedgerows and woodland.

There are two semi-natural meadows. The north meadow is more species-rich because it has not been so intensively farmed. The south meadow has been agriculturally improved.

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 are also very rich in invertebrates which are especially noticeable in late summer.

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Hackney Marshes Local Nature Reserve


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

Turn off Greenhill Way, Kingsteignton to park in the small car park at the north end of the site. There are also pedestrian access points from Greenhills Park housing estate and from Hackney Lane beside the Water Board's premises. A public footpath runs from old Kingsteignton though the Marshes and on down past the ruined hamlet of Hackney to the Passage House Inn and estuary shore.


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