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 17th January 2017
Dawlish WarrenShoveler, Red-throated Diver, four Eider, Black-necked, 52 Great-crested Grebe (More…)
Monday 16th January 2017
Dawlish WarrenBonaparte's Gull, two Slavonian Grebe, Goldeneye, 183 Grey Plover, 138 Curlew, 84 Shelduck, 71 Knot, Yellow-browed Warbler, Black-necked Grebe, four Eider, four Red-throated, two Great Northern Diver (More…)
Sunday 15th January 2017
Dawlish WarrenRazorbill, 10 Red-throated, four Great Northern Diver, 72 Gannet, 40 Kittiwake, Black-necked Grebe, 41 Great-crested Grebe, four Eider, 174 Brent Geese, 103 Bar-tailed Godwit, 76 Shelduck, 33 Sanderling, two Greenshank, two Goldeneye, two Slavonian Grebe, Bonaparte's Gull, Yellow-browed Warbler, Gadwall, three Shoveler, six Pale-bellied Brent Geese (More…)
Saturday 14th January 2017
Dawlish WarrenYellow-browed Warbler, Bonaparte's Gull, Black-necked Grebe, four Eider, 48 Great-crested Grebe, nine Red-throated Diver, Gadwall, two Slavonian Grebe, 145 Brent Geese, 55 Shelduck, Gadwall (More…)
Friday 13th January 2017
Dawlish WarrenBonaparte's Gull, Black-headed Gull, Yellow-browed Warbler (More…)
Thursday 12th January 2017
Dawlish WarrenBlack-necked Grebe, three Red-throated Diver, two Eider, 55 Gannet, 25 Kittiwake, two Slavonian Grebe, Gadwall, two Shoveler, Yellow-browed Warbler (More…)

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