Saturday 16 February 2019

Saturday 16th February

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.

Counts from the estuary included 1515 Dunlin, 675 Oystercatcher, a winter high 269 Brent Geese, 124 Grey Plover, 77 Turnstone, 30 Teal, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull, five Greenshank and three Eider.

Early morning 48 Red-throated and a Great Northern Diver flew south, with a dozen of the former offshore in the afternoon along with 24 Great-crested Grebe. Elsewhere six Shoveler were on the Main Pond, three Raven were overhead and seven Cirl Bunting and two Coal Tit were onsite.

Wildlife News: A Grey Seal was in the estuary.

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