Topsham Lock Cottage


Wild birds on the Exe estuary (Photos: David J Glaves)

Topsham Lock Cottage occupies a unique location on the west bank of the estuary between two nature reserves — one operated by the Devon Wildlife Trust and the other by the RSPB.

The Exe Estuary is an important conservation area. It is reckoned that over 10,000 wild fowl and 20,000 waders spend the winter here, including the avocet, black-tailed godwit, dark bellied Brent goose, ringed plover and wigeon.

Some of the latest bird sightings in the area are listed below. Further sightings can be found at

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Wednesday 18th July 2018
Dawlish Warren93 Sandwich, Little Tern, eight Mediterranean Gull, six Ringed Plover, two Common Sandpiper, Sanderling, Greenshank, Slavonian Grebe (More…)
Monday 16th July 2018
Dawlish Warren78 Sandwich, Little Tern, nine Mediterranean Gull, 365+ Curlew, three Dunlin, Slavonian Grebe, three Sand Martin, Willow Warbler, Eider (More…)
Sunday 15th July 2018
Dawlish WarrenEider, 34 Sandwich Tern, four Dunlin, Mediterranean Gull (More…)
Saturday 14th July 2018
Dawlish WarrenThree Teal, 43 Sandwich Tern, three Mediterranean Gull, 349 Curlew, 19 Redshank, eight Bar, Black-tailed Godwit, six Dunlin, two Whimbrel (More…)
Friday 13th July 2018
Dawlish WarrenSedge Warbler, 200+ Curlew, 17 Redshank, Greenshank, two Stock Dove, 14 Sandwich Tern, three Common Tern, Mediterranean Gull (More…)
Thursday 12th July 2018
Dawlish Warren300+ Black-headed Gull, 241 Curlew, 215 Oystercatcher, 19 Sandwich Tern, Sanderling, Ringed Plover, 21 Swallow, two Stock Dove (More…)

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