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 23rd May 2019
Dawlish Warren85 Sanderling, 76 Dunlin, 41 Ringed, five Grey Plover, Whimbrel, Spotted Flycatcher, two Wheatear, six Sandwich Tern (More…)
Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Dawlish Warren110 Oystercatcher, 70 Dunlin, 65 Sanderling, 36 Ringed Plover, 19 Bar-tailed Godwit, seven Turnstone, seven Whimbrel, three Grey Plover, Dark-bellied Brent Goose, Slavonian Grebe, Yellow Wagtail, Mistle Thrush, Red-throated Diver, seven Common Scoter, Stonechat (More…)
Tuesday 21st May 2019
Dawlish Warren213 Oystercatcher, 50 Sanderling, 40 Dunlin, 31 Ringed Plover, nine Turnstone, five Bar, Black-tailed Godwit (More…)
Monday 20th May 2019
Dawlish WarrenSlavonian Grebe (More…)
Sunday 19th May 2019
Dawlish WarrenSpotted Flycatcher, 20 Swallow, six Swift, five House, Sand Martin, Slavonian Grebe, 40 Sanderling, 36 Dunlin, 33 Ringed Plover, four Whimbrel, three Turnstone, two Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover (More…)
Saturday 18th May 2019
Dawlish WarrenFour Cattle Egret, two Great Northern Diver, Great-crested Grebe, 64 Sanderling, 30 Ringed Plover, 18 Dunlin, seven Whimbrel, three Dark, Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 80 House Martin, 17 Swallow, six Swift, Cirl Bunting (More…)

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