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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Saturday 24th February 2018
Dawlish Warren80 Wigeon, 40 Brent Geese, 22 Shelduck, 15 Teal, Eider, Great Northern Diver, Great Northern Diver, four Shoveler, four Jackdaw, Cirl Bunting (More…)
Thursday 22nd February 2018
Dawlish WarrenRinged Plover, Great-crested Grebe, 690 Dunlin, 95 Grey, 22 Ringed Plover, 55 Knot, 15 Turnstone, 12 Sanderling, 17 Great-crested Grebe, two Great Northern Diver, Green Woodpecker, two Raven, Buzzard (More…)
Wednesday 21st February 2018
Dawlish WarrenSlavonian Grebe, two Great Northern Diver, Eider (More…)
Tuesday 20th February 2018
Dawlish WarrenOystercatcher, two Great Northern, Red-throated Diver, three Raven (More…)

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