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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Friday 20th April 2018
Dawlish WarrenTwo Grasshopper Warbler, two Whitethroat, six Wheatear, 11 Sanderling, Dunlin, Siskin, Buzzard (More…)
Thursday 19th April 2018
Dawlish WarrenReed Warbler, Yellow Wagtail, Sand Martin, Swallow, 11 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 45 Dunlin, 44 Turnstone, 12 Sanderling, four Whimbrel, Ringed Plover (More…)
Wednesday 18th April 2018
Dawlish WarrenPale-bellied Brent Goose, five Swallow, four Wheatear, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, 64 Turnstone, 19 Sanderling, 16 Redshank, 14 Grey Plover, nine Whimbrel, Dunlin, three Red-throated Diver, Eider (More…)

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