Sunday 2 December 2018

Sunday 2nd December

Due to the significant erosion by storms at Dawlish Warren, Teignbridge District Council (TDC) 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 is possible via the beach with the risk of being cut off for a period either side of each high tide.  Access to the bird hide is only via Warren Point. The only access, up and back down, to these areas is along the beach at lower states of tide.  Contact TDC for questions about access.

Counts from the estuary included 511 Wigeon and 27 Teal, numbers much reduced by the continuing presence of a House Boat in Shutterton Creek, 349 Dark and a Pale-bellied Brent Geese, 1230 Dunlin, 159 Curlew, 102 Grey Plover, 86 Knot, 56 Bar-tailed Godwit, 32 Sanderling and seven Greenshank. Also in the river Two first winter male Eider, two fem/imm Goldeneye, a Great Northern Diver and the Slavonian Grebe.

A female Eider was off John's Watch with two Red-throated Diver and eight Great-crested Grebe also offshore. Elsewhere three Shoveler were on the Main Pond, four Chiffchaff and two Coal Tit remained in the bushes with two Lesser Redpoll and a Siskin with Goldfinch in the Entrance Bushes.

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