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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Monday 15th July 2019
Dawlish WarrenSlavonian Grebe, 300+ Curlew, 276 Oystercatcher, 50+ Sandwich Tern, 48 Redshank, 17 Dunlin, nine Sanderling, three Ringed, two Grey Plover, Yellow-legged, ten Mediterranean Gull, eight Common Scoter, two Common Tern (More…)
Sunday 14th July 2019
Dawlish WarrenOn another hot and sunny day, observers only ventured in for the evening tide, attended by 260 Oystercatcher, a flock which has gradually grown in size and for the past 10 days or so, bolstered by adult birds returning from breeding grounds, including colour-ringed birds back from Bedfordshire, Derbyshire and Islay. Also present, 340 Curlew, 84 Redshank, 79+ Sandwich Tern, 21 Whimbrel, 15 Dunlin, 13 Mediterranean Gull (of various ages), 12 Great Black-backed Gull, the resident ten Canada Goose, nine Little Egret, two each of Grey Heron, Ringed Plover, Sanderling, Common Tern and Stock Dove in the saltmarsh; and single Mute Swan, Grey Plover, Common Gull and a colour-ringed adult Little Tern, but too distant to read. Brief scans at sea recorded a raft of 22 Common Scoter, just single singles of Gannet and a juv Yellow-legged Gull. (More…)
Saturday 13th July 2019
Dawlish Warren72 Sandwich, four Common Tern, 340 Curlew, 200 Oystercatcher, 48 Redshank, 22 Mediterranean Gull, 12 Dunlin, 10 Whimbrel, Slavonian Grebe, Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Sanderling, Ringed, Grey Plover, Yellow-legged Gull, six Shoveler, 60+ Swift, 25 Swallow, three House, two Sand Martin (More…)
Friday 12th July 2019
Dawlish Warren53 Sandwich Tern, six Common Tern, 166 Oystercatcher, six Mediterranean Gull, four Dunlin, three Whimbrel, Ringing News:, Sandwich Tern (More…)
Wednesday 10th July 2019
Dawlish WarrenArctic Skua (More…)

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