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 March 2019
Dawlish Warren249 Oystercatcher, 115 Curlew, 76 Dark, two Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 39 Redshank, 35 Turnstone, 24 Grey Plover, 14 Dunlin, 11 Knot, 10 Bar-tailed Godwit, two Greenshank, Slavonian Grebe, two Chiffchaff (More…)
Sunday 17th March 2019
Dawlish WarrenWheatear, Cirl Bunting, Stonechat, Green Woodpecker, two Chiffchaff, five Rook, Jackdaw, Raven, 198 Curlew, 170 Oystercatcher, 80 Dark-bellied, two Pale-belled Brent Geese, 34 Redshank, eight Teal, three Sandwich Tern, two Bar-tailed Godwit, Greenshank (More…)
Saturday 16th March 2019
Dawlish WarrenGreat Skua, four Manx Shearwater, 356 Gannet, 98 Fulmar, 25 Kittiwake, five Red-throated Diver, 140 Black-tailed Godwit, Great Northern Diver, Goldeneye, three Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 104 Turnstone, 83 Curlew, 48 Dark-bellied Brent Geese, Greenshank, Slavonian Grebe, two Chiffchaff, Meadow Pipit (More…)
Thursday 14th March 2019
Dawlish Warren245 Oystercatcher, 85 Brent Geese, 63 Common Gull, Chiffchaff, two Shoveler, Raven, Eider (More…)
Tuesday 12th March 2019
Dawlish WarrenGreat Northern Diver (More…)

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