Sunday 30 December 2018

Sunday 30th 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.

Single Pomarine and Great Skua were offshore this morning with 115 Kittiwake and 88 Gannet, on the sea 44 Great-crested Grebe and three Red-throated Diver. The sunshine saw plenty of activity in the bushes with two Firecrest and two Coal Tit with 13 Long-tailed Tit, four Goldcrest and a Chiffchaff.

Wader counts from the estuary included 1070 Dunlin, 990 Oystercatcher, 153 Grey Plover, 107 Redshank, 93 Knot, eight Bar-tailed Godwit, seven Sanderling and six Greenshank. Wildfowl numbers remain low with just 138 Wigeon, 23 Teal, four Shelduck and four Brent Geese; the increased amount of sand across the mudflats and eelgrass may be one of the reasons for this decline, also in the estuary the Slavonian Grebe and an Eider.

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