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 18th November 2019
Dawlish WarrenDue to the significant ongoing erosion, Teignbridge District Council is advising extreme caution when visiting. The dune path between groyne 10 – 18 is unsafe and a section of this path has been washed away, so is completely closed with no access. Access to the Hide and Warren Point is only possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of any high tide. The only access to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide. (More…)
Dawlish WarrenSeven Red-throated, Great Northern Diver, 400+ Wigeon, 18 Great-crested Grebe, 10 Common Scoter, Eider (More…)
Sunday 17th November 2019
Dawlish WarrenSnow Bunting, Black Redstart, Firecrest, Cetti's Warbler, 15 Great-crested Grebe, two Eider, two Great Northern, two Red-throated Diver, 276 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, 102 Knot, 62 Bar-tailed Godwit, Slavonian Grebe (More…)
Saturday 16th November 2019
Dawlish Warren1260 Dunlin, 510 Wigeon, 367 Dark, three Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 219 Redshank, 142 Bar-tailed Godwit, 116 Grey Plover, 94 Knot, 82 Teal, 77 Turnstone, eight Lapwing, five Greenshank, Kingfisher, Slavonian Grebe, two Eider, three Red-throated, two Great Northern Diver, Six Goldcrest, five Cirl Bunting, two Chiffchaff, two Firecrest, Shoveler (More…)
Thursday 14th November 2019
Dawlish WarrenGreat Northern Diver, Eider, five Common Scoter, Cetti's Warbler, Shoveler, four Cirl Bunting, 33 Goldfinch, 28 Greenfinch, four Goldcrest, two Chiffchaff (More…)
Wednesday 13th November 2019
Dawlish WarrenSlavonian Grebe, Little Grebe (More…)

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