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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Wednesday 15th August 2018
Dawlish WarrenLittle Stint, 270 Dunlin, 221 Ringed Plover, 42 Sanderling, Snipe, 169 Sandwich, 41 Common, Black Tern, 20+ Mediterranean, Yellow-legged Gull, six Greenshank, Kingfisher, Slavonian Grebe, Ringing News:, Mediterranean Gull, Sanderling (More…)
Tuesday 14th August 2018
Dawlish WarrenLittle Stint, 245 Dunlin, 150+ Ringed Plover, 12 Sanderling, Knot, 230+ Redshank, 143+ Sandwich, 59+ Common Tern, 29 Whimbrel, 12+ Mediterranean Gull, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, Yellow-legged Gull, Osprey, Whinchat, Sedge Warbler, four Swift (More…)
Monday 13th August 2018
Dawlish WarrenBlack Tern, Little Ringed Plover, 210 Ringed Plover, 200 Dunlin, 26 Sanderling, three Bar-tailed Godwit, two Knot, 227 Redshank, 60+ Sandwich, 42 Common Tern, 22 Whimbrel, four Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Slavonian Grebe (More…)
Sunday 12th August 2018
Dawlish WarrenSooty, 19 Balearic Shearwater, 30+ Fulmar, three Arctic, two Great Skua, Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, 290 Dunlin, 223 Ringed Plover, 65+ Sandwich, 20+ Common, Black Tern, 40 Mute Swan, seven Bar-tailed Godwit, three Grey Plover, two Greenshank, two Common Sandpiper, two Knot, Little Ringed Plover, Slavonian Grebe (More…)
Saturday 11th August 2018
Dawlish WarrenThree Balearic Shearwater, two Little Tern, Pomarine, two Arctic Skua, three Teal, Red-breasted Merganser, 260 Dunlin, 246 Ringed Plover, 10 Sanderling, five Greenshank, three Grey, two Golden Plover, two Knot, two Bar, Black-tailed Godwit, Black Tern, Little Ringed Plover, four Mediterranean Gull, Common Sandpiper, Treecreeper, Swift, six Willow, Garden Warbler, Meadow Pipit, Wheatear (More…)
Friday 10th August 2018
Dawlish WarrenLittle Stint, 294 Dunlin, 271 Ringed Plover, 25+ Sanderling, eight Turnstone, five Whimbrel, three Grey Plover, two Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, Knot, Little Ringed Plover, 50 Sandwich, 20 Common Tern, five Mediterranean Gull, Slavonian Grebe, three Pomarine, two Arctic Skua, Sedge, Garden Warbler (More…)
Thursday 9th August 2018
Dawlish WarrenTwo Ruff, Black Tern, Little Ringed Plover, 227 Ringed Plover, 194 Dunlin, 51 Common, 50 Sandwich Tern, 20 Whimbrel, 17 Sanderling, 12 Mediterranean Gull, seven Black, seven Bar-tailed Godwit, three Grey Plover, Yellow-legged Gull, Slavonian Grebe, 100 House Martin, Willow Warbler, Osprey (More…)

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