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 27th June 2017
Dawlish WarrenNo news was received today but the 2016 ring reading report is now available here. (More…)
Monday 26th June 2017
Dawlish WarrenSlavonian Grebe, 208 Oystercatcher, 21 Sandwich Tern, 11 Redshank, nine Grey Plover, four Mediterranean Gull, four Common Tern, Sanderling (More…)
Sunday 25th June 2017
Dawlish WarrenThree Common Sandpiper, 144 Curlew, 41 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Grey Plover, 11 Whimbrel, eight Redshank, Greenshank, Dunlin, Slavonian Grebe, 11 Sandwich Tern, Mediterranean Gull, Great Northern Diver, Bullfinch (More…)
Saturday 24th June 2017
Dawlish Warren131 Curlew, 106 Black-headed Gull, 46 Bar-tailed Godwit, 27 Shelduck, 16 Sandwich Tern, 12 Whimbrel, 12 Grey Plover, six Dunlin, two Turnstone, Greenshank, Slavonian Grebe (More…)
Friday 23rd June 2017
Dawlish Warren91 Curlew, 30 Bar-tailed Godwit, five Redshank, three Dunlin, two Greenshank, Slavonian Grebe, 11 Sandwich Tern, 61 Black-headed, Mediterranean Gull (More…)
Dawlish Warren258 Oystercatcher, 84 Curlew, 24 Bar-tailed Godwit, 12 Grey Plover, five Redshank, three Greenshank, Sanderling, Ringed Plover, 106 Black-headed Gull, Sandwich Tern, 77 Swift, Great Northern Diver (More…)

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