However, Seaton still has many accommodation providers including guest houses, hotels, a camping site and a caravan park. Seaton lost its largest holiday camp at the beginning of when the site was purchased by Tesco who opened a major supermarket on the site in late A large supermarket and filling station have been built on one half of this site: A Jurrasic Coast Discovery Centre has also been erected nearby, being completed in Part of the trackbed was purchased in to construct Seaton Tramwaywhich opened in and links Seaton with Colyford and Colyton.
The agricultural landscape supports areas of ancient woodland often with displays of bluebellsimportant networks of hedges, unimproved grassland and springline mires. The bird-watching and wildlife areas of the Axe Vale have been enhanced by the establishment of the Seaton Marshes Local Nature Reserve, work to establish it was carried out by the Axe Vale and District Conservation Society.
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To the west, near Beer, are man-made caves of importance for a diversity of hibernating batsincluding the very rare Bechstein's bat. Dormice are present throughout the area. This large area of coastal landslides and cliffs supports important woodland and grassland habitats and is of considerable significance for its geology, as witnessed by its inclusion in the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
In redevelopment of a large portion of the town commenced with new business sites providing a much needed surge in non-seasonal employment.
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Seaton and Beer became the two most popular holiday destinations in East Devon. Seaton is also notable for having one of the world's first concrete dating seatonbuilt over the River Axe inby the Seaton and Beer Railway company.
The Axe Estuary and its marshes are important for wintering wildfowl and waders, such as Eurasian curlew and common redshankwhile in the summer butterflies and dragonflies abound.
The majority of those persons are of pensionable age. Holiday resort[ edit ] The sea front In the 19th century Seaton developed as a holiday resort, which it remains to this day.
The nearest railway station now is at Axminsterseven miles away. In common with much of this coast the cliffs in this area are prone to landslip and collapse, such movement restricting coastal development and presenting a hazard to those walking the coast. In the 14th century heavy storms caused a landslip which partially blocked the estuary, and the shingle bank started to build up.
The Axe Estuary, with its areas of grazing marsh, and the River Axe itself, are of international importance for their aquatic communities. Seaton was an important port for several centuries, supplying ships and sailors for Edward I 's wars against Scotland and France.
On 26 March the Seaton Jurassic visitor centre opened in the town which is a time travelling experience telling the story of the natural heritage of the Jurassic Coast past and present. In November builder Laurence Egerton, a metal detector enthusiast, unearthed the Seaton Down Hoard of copper-alloy coins. The railway was successful and considerably assisted in the development of Seaton as a holiday destination.
Geology[ edit ] As befits a 'gateway town' to the world heritage site, the coastal cliffs either side of Seaton have long been of interest to geologists. A team of archaeologists carefully removed and cleaned the coins over the next 10 months.
The hoard, of about 22, Roman coinsis believed to be one of the largest and best-preserved 4th-century collections ever found in Britain. At Beerabout two miles west of Seaton, is the Beer Heights Light Railway ; along with numerous model railways this is part of Pecoramaa tourist attraction provided by the model railway manufacturer Peco.
This is one of the earliest concrete bridges in Britain. The first mention of Seaton was in a papal bull by Pope Eugenius in A further residential development is planned along the riverside. In the arrival of the railway reduced the use of the harbour.
Present[ edit ] There are 3, homes in the parish, of which approximately one third are of single-person occupancy.