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 18th September 2018
Dawlish WarrenFive Balearic Shearwater, 210 Gannet, 43 Sandwich, two Black Tern, seven Kittiwake, two Fulmar, Eider, Slavonian Grebe, 110 Redshank, 96 Great black-backed Gull, 10 Turnstone, Mediterranean Gull, Common Sandpiper, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank (More…)
Monday 17th September 2018
Dawlish WarrenOsprey, Carrion Crow, 118 Goldfinch (More…)
Sunday 16th September 2018
Dawlish WarrenCurlew Sandpiper, 170 Dunlin, 37 Ringed Plover, 16 Knot, 12 Sanderling, 12 Grey Plover, five Turnstone, 322 Curlew, 10 Bar, Black-tailed Godwit, 55 Wigeon, six Greenshank, Slavonian Grebe, Little Gull, 36 Common Scoter, Wryneck, Whinchat, three White Wagtail, two Whitethroat, two Grey Wagtail, 162 House Sparrow (More…)
Saturday 15th September 2018
Dawlish WarrenNuthatch, Jay, 14 Chiffchaff, 14 Blackcap, three Whitethroat, three Wheatear, two Reed Warbler, Wryneck, 32 Meadow Pipit, four Grey, Yellow Wagtail, two Jackdaw, Rook, Sand, House Martin, 277 Redshank, 25 Ringed Plover, 20 Wigeon, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 18 Sanderling, five Whimbrel, two Knot, Kingfisher, Slavonian Grebe, 110+ Goldfinch, four Pheasant (More…)
Friday 14th September 2018
Dawlish WarrenWryneck, Osprey, 131+ Dunlin, 27 Sandwich Tern, 16 Sanderling, 15 Ringed Plover, five Whimbrel, two Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Swallow, 10 House Martin, Snipe (More…)
Thursday 13th September 2018
Dawlish Warren11 Avocet, 430 Dunlin, 240 Redshank, 60 Wigeon, 23 Ringed Plover, 22 Sandwich Tern, 14 Sanderling, nine Bar, two Black-tailed Godwit, eight Shelduck, six Turnstone, five Knot, three Greenshank, Kingfisher, Slavonian Grebe, two Whinchat, five Wheatear, two Whitethroat, Sedge Warbler, 40+ Meadow Pipit, four Raven, four Grey Wagtail, 40 House Martin, 15 Swallow (More…)

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