Sunday 23 December 2018

Sunday 23rd December

Due to the significant erosion at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council is advising extreme caution when visiting. The dune path between groyne 10 – 18 is unsafe and a section of this path is completely closed with no access. Access to Warren Point and the bird hide is only possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.

The lengthening of the day and unseasonably warm weather saw a chorus of birdsong with many Dunnock and Robin, two Song Thrush and a Cirl Bunting all in good voice. The elusive Cetti's Warbler was in Dead Dolphin Wood, the first sighting since November, also in the flooded scrub three Siskin, two Chiffchaff and a Water Rail.

Elsewhere 148 Brent Geese, 121 Common and two Mediterranean Gull, an Eider and the Slavonian Grebe were in the estuary, 56 Curlew were on offshore sandbars and two Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver were offshore. 

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