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Seaton Wetlands up for national award

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Countryfile Magazine readers can now vote

Seaton Wetlands has been shortlisted by the BBC's Countryfile Magazine for the Best Nature Reserve category in its 2019 Awards.

Voting for the five nominees in each of the Awards’ ten separate categories is now open and the public have until 11.59pm on Sunday 17th February 2019 to vote for their favourite nominee either online or via a postal form in the print version of BBC Countryfile Magazine.

The nature reserve is situated between Colyford and Seaton and is described as "a beautiful wildlife haven". It is owned and run by East Devon District Council’s Countryside team.

Commenting on BBC Countryfile’s exciting shortlist announcement, Cllr Marcus Hartnell, East Devon District Council’s Deputy Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “I cannot thank the readers of BBC Countryfile Magazine enough for nominating East Devon’s very own Seaton Wetlands for the Best Nature Reserve category in the 2019 awards. This is fantastic recognition of an amazing wildlife haven, beloved by East Devon residents and visitors to the district alike. Our Countryside team and volunteers work exceptionally hard to maintain this unique site, which is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and are continually exploring ways to develop the reserve’s potential both for wildlife and people’s health and well-being. Please can I urge anyone who has a special place in their heart for Seaton Wetlands to vote for it in these awards.”

Charles Plowden, the Service Lead for Countryside and Leisure, said: “This is brilliant news and shows how much our residents and visitors value this special Nature Reserve. The combination of quality habitats and innovative public engagement highlights how this site contributes to the outstanding East Devon Environment. So please get voting and let’s see if Seaton Wetlands can win this coveted award.”

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