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 24th May 2017
Dawlish WarrenSlavonian Grebe (More…)
Tuesday 23rd May 2017
Dawlish WarrenEight Ringed Plover, Dunlin, 568 Herring Gull, Reed Warbler, Cirl Bunting, Rock Pipit (More…)
Monday 22nd May 2017
Dawlish WarrenSlavonian Grebe, 20 Manx Shearwater, Whimbrel, Linnet (More…)
Sunday 21st May 2017
Dawlish WarrenSpotted Flycatcher, 197 Oystercatcher, six Whimbrel, five Sandwich Tern, four Curlew, four Sanderling, three Whimbrel, three Dunlin (More…)
Saturday 20th May 2017
Dawlish Warren24 Sanderling, six Sandwich Tern, three Turnstone, Whimbrel, Wheatear, three Great Northern Diver (More…)
Friday 19th May 2017
Dawlish Warren125 Sanderling, 23 Dunlin, five Turnstone, Knot (More…)
Thursday 18th May 2017
Dawlish Warren92 Sanderling, 82 Dunlin, 14 Turnstone, four Ringed Plover, two Whimbrel, three Sandwich Tern, one Wheatear (More…)

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