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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Tuesday 21st February 2017
Dawlish Warren147 Oystercatcher, 23 Ringed Plover, 19 Turnstone, 10 Dunlin, eight Knot, two Redshank, 53 Brent Geese, two Red-breasted Merganser (More…)
Sunday 19th February 2017
Dawlish Warren212 Oystercatcher, 100 Dunlin, 62 Brent Geese, 32 Grey Plover, 27 Knot, 23 Ringed Plover, 11 Bar-tailed Godwit, eight Great-crested Grebe, three Common Scoter, Raven (More…)
Friday 17th February 2017
Dawlish WarrenEight Red-throated, two Great Northern Diver, 23 Great-crested Grebe, 700 Dunlin, 128 Grey Plover, 64 Knot, 25 Sanderling, 16 Red-breasted Merganser, Cirl Bunting , four Snipe, two Shoveler, three Goldcrest (More…)

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