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 September 2019
Dawlish WarrenLesser Whitethroat, 21 Blackcap, nine Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Wheatear, three Grey, Yellow Wagtail, Osprey, 82 Ringed Plover, 26 Sandwich Tern, 25 Wigeon, 21 Sanderling, 15 Dunlin, three Greenshank, Black-tailed Godwit, Slavonian Grebe (More…)
Wednesday 18th September 2019
Dawlish WarrenMeadow Pipit, Swallow, two Wheatear, Willow Warbler, 21 Sanderling, 49 Ringed Plover, 42 Knot, 37 Teal, 23 Wigeon, 20 Dunlin, five Greenshank, two Grey Plover, Whimbrel (More…)
Tuesday 17th September 2019
Dawlish WarrenWhinchat, 12 Wheatear, 150+ Swallow, 35 Meadow Pipit, three House Martin, two Skylark, Grey Wagtail, 44 Sanderling, 67 Knot, 38 Bar, Black-tailed Godwit, seven Grey Plover, four Mediterranean Gull, Whimbrel (More…)
Monday 16th September 2019
Dawlish WarrenWryneck, Whinchat, Wheatear, three Whitethroat, nine Blackcap, six Chiffchaff, Tree Pipit, 50 Meadow Pipit, 40 House Martin, five Swallow, three Yellow, three Grey Wagtail, 110 Ringed Plover, 68 Dunlin, 42 Bar, Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Knot, four Mediterranean Gull, three Sandwich Tern, three Greenshank, Slavonian Grebe (More…)
Sunday 15th September 2019
Dawlish WarrenQuail, 10 Blackcap, two Whitethroat, Wheatear, 25 Meadow Pipit, three Grey, Yellow Wagtail, 15 Swallow, House Martin, two Curlew Sandpiper, 1418 Oystercatcher, 315 Redshank, 139 Ringed Plover, 50 Knot, 44 Dunlin, 41 Bar, two Black-tailed Godwit, 40 Sanderling, 12 Mediterranean Gull, seven Sandwich Tern, seven Grey Plover, Whimbrel (More…)

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