Wednesday 3 April 2019

Wednesday 3rd 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.

There were big increases to 53 Ringed Plover and 35 Sandwich Tern with other counts from the estuary including 145 Curlew, 25 Turnstone, 20 Redshank, eight Bar-tailed Godwit, three Sanderling and a Dunlin. Elsewhere three Wheatear and two Willow Warbler were on site with nine Sand Martin and three Raven overhead. 

Red-rumped Swallow - David Land.  Taken yesterday, as expected there was no sign today.

Wildlife News: The mix of sunshine and showers reduce insect activity but several Cheilosia pagana, an early Spring hoverfly were on the wing, the first site record.

Cheilosia pagana - Alan Keatley

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