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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Thursday 19th October 2017
Dawlish WarrenYellow-browed Warbler, six Goldcrest, four Chiffchaff, Wheatear, 10 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, five Mediterranean Gull, four Greenshank, Slavonian Grebe, Merlin, Red-throated Diver (More…)
Wednesday 18th October 2017
Dawlish Warren2200 Wigeon, 402 Curlew, 190 Dunlin, 80 Turnstone, 61 Grey, 20 Ringed Plover, eight Mediterranean Gull, four Greenshank, Lapwing, Golden Plover, Slavonian Grebe, Yellow-browed Warbler, Whitethroat, nine Goldcrest, eight Chiffchaff, four Blackcap, Wheatear (More…)
Tuesday 17th October 2017
Dawlish WarrenYellow-browed Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, five Goldcrest, 43 Skylark, Siskin, two Cirl Bunting (More…)
Monday 16th October 2017
Dawlish WarrenTwo Balearic Shearwater, 300+ Gannet, nine Kittiwake, Great Skua, two Great Northern, Red-throated Diver, Short-eared Owl, two Firecrest, Siberian Chiffchaff, 330 Great Black-backed Gull, 35 Dunlin, 26 Grey Plover, 10 Black-tailed Godwit, 10 Pale-bellied Brent Geese, eight Mediterranean Gull, Little Stint (More…)
Sunday 15th October 2017
Dawlish WarrenYellow-browed Warbler, Whitethroat, Brambling, 361 Linnet, 131 Meadow Pipit, 29 Skylark, six Swallow, Grey Wagtail, 1598 Oystercatcher, 463 Curlew, 276 Teal, 120 Dark-bellied, seven Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 54 Black, 31 Bar-tailed Godwit, 11 Ringed Plover, five Sanderling, Dunlin, Slavonian Grebe, two Great Northern Diver (More…)

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