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 10th December 2017
Dawlish WarrenPomarine Skua, 80 Gannet, 24 Great-crested Grebe, Great Northern, three Red-throated Diver, three Eider, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, 720 Dunlin, 320 Dark, Pale-bellied Brent Goose, 127 Great Black-backed Gull, 63 Grey, 11 Ringed Plover, 26 Sanderling, Goldeneye, four Shoveler, Mistle Thrush (More…)
Saturday 9th December 2017
Dawlish WarrenBlack-necked Grebe, 84 Gannet, 26 Great-crested Grebe, three Eider, six Red-throated, two Great Northern Diver, 720 Dunlin, 131 Brent Geese, 128 Redshank, 94 Grey Plover, 74 Shelduck, 57 Turnstone, 51 Curlew, 22 Sanderling, six Knot, two Greenshank, two Bar, Black-tailed Godwit, Firecrest, four Chiffchaff, Jack Snipe, four Shoveler, Snipe, Mistle Thrush, Redwing (More…)

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