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 Velvet Scoter was offshore until 10am before relocating to Teignmoth late morning, also present 17 Great-crested Grebe.
The low high tide lead to many species roosting offsite with counts including 160 Wigeon, 113 Grey Plover, 106 Knot, 51 Redshank, 50 Teal, 32 Curlew, 27 Brent Geese, six Greenshank and two Black-tailed Godwit. An unseasonal pale phase Arctic Skua flew down river and out to sea.
Elsewhere a Woodcock was flushed from the small roundabout just inside the railway tunnel(!), six Shoveler were on the Main Pond and two Redwing and a Coal Tit were in the bushes.
Wildlife News: At least four Common Dolphin were offshore with two Fox in Dead Dolphin Wood and a Stoat in the Buffer Zone.