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 25th March 2017
Dawlish WarrenEgyptian Goose, two Kestrel, Swallow, Jack Snipe, two Slavonian Grebe, Wheatear, Blackcap, Meadow Pipit, Siskin (More…)
Friday 24th March 2017
Dawlish WarrenWhimbrel, 45+ Turnstone, four Greenshank, Slavonian Grebe (More…)
Thursday 23rd March 2017
Dawlish WarrenJack Snipe, five Chiffchaff, 88 Turnstone, Great Northern Diver, Slavonian Grebe, Greenshank (More…)
Wednesday 22nd March 2017
Dawlish WarrenJack Snipe, 10 Chiffchaff, Sandwich Tern, Slavonian Grebe, two Great Northern Diver (More…)

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