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 11th December 2018
Dawlish WarrenSlavonian Grebe (More…)
Monday 10th December 2018
Dawlish WarrenSlavonian Grebe (More…)
Sunday 9th December 2018
Dawlish WarrenTwo Great Northern, Red-throated Diver, 20 Great-crested Grebe, 184 Brent Geese, three Greenshank, two Goldeneye, Little Grebe, five Chiffchaff (More…)
Saturday 8th December 2018
Dawlish WarrenSix Red-throated, four Great Northern Diver, 70 Gannet, 45 Kittiwake, eight Razorbill, two Great Northern, Red-throated Diver, 10 Great-crested Grebe, two Common Scoter, 172 Brent Geese, 162 Grey Plover, 105 Knot, 28 Bar-tailed Godwit, three Goldeneye, two Eider, eight Great-crested, Little, Slavonian Grebe, four Chiffchaff, Coal Tit, four Snipe, Little Egret, two Shoveler (More…)

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