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 Whimbrel was a surprise early migrant roosting in the Bight with 206 Curlew, also in the estuary the Slavonian Grebe, 76 Common Gull, 69 Brent Geese, four Greenshank and two Eider. Elsewhere the Velvet Scoter flew south offshore with 16 Red-throated Diver and 23 Great-crested Grebe.
Ringing News: With Spring already underway several of the Warren's colour-ringed Oystercatcher have already arrived back on their breeding grounds. Two have been resighted in The Netherlands, but the first was M7 which was back at Carsington Water, Derbyshire on 1st February, nine days earlier than last year.