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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Sunday 17th June 2018
Dawlish Warren86 Curlew, 15 Bar-tailed Godwit, five Redshank, two Ringed Plover, Dunlin, Whimbrel, Sanderling, Greenshank, one Siskin (More…)
Saturday 16th June 2018
Dawlish WarrenGreenshank, four Redshank, 71 Curlew, seven Whimbrel, 16 Bar-tailed Godwit, 13 Sanderling, two Dunlin, Cuckoo, 40 Common Scoter (More…)
Friday 15th June 2018
Dawlish Warren231 Oystercatcher, 88 Curlew, 20 Sanderling, 13 Bar-tailed Godwit, five Dunlin, Whimbrel, Mediterranean Gull (More…)

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