Thursday 11 April 2019

Thursday 11th April

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.

A clear night and a cold start but the day eventually warmed up. There were few migrants with just three Willow Warbler and a single Wheatear on site and single Sand Martin, Swallow and Buzzard. Elsewhere 90 Curlew, seven Bar-tailed Godwit, two Whimbrel, two Dark-bellied Brent Geese and a Greenshank in the estuary and 16 Sandwich Tern were offshore.

Wheatear - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: The sunny conditions in the afternoon saw several Orange-tip and Speckled Wood on the wing with Red Mason Bee Osmia bicornis, five species of mining bee and at least 10 hoverfly species including the first Long Hoverfly Sphaerophoria scripta and Gossamer Hoverfly Baccha elongate of the year.

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