Friday 1 March 2019

Friday 1st March

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.

The highlight were three Egyptian Geese south over the Crocus compound, only the 15th site record. These birds were back at Powderham Park later in the morning.  The flat conditions revealed several rafts of divers offshore with at least 16 Great Northern and five Red-throated Diver distantly off the seawall along with 26 Great-crested Grebe and four Common Scoter. Elsewhere four Greenshank, 80+ Common and two second winter Mediterranean Gull were in the estuary and six Shoveler were at the Main Pond.

Wildlife News: Three Harbour Porpoise were offshore and news was received of a Water Vole at the first Pond in late January. Another new species for the Recording Area was discovered today with a large population of the nationally scarce liverwort Micheli's Balloonwort Sphaerocarpos michelii found near the amusements, only the second site in Devon.

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