Sunday 17 March 2019

Sunday 17th 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 long awaited first Wheatear of the year made landfall in Greenland Lake this morning but didn't linger with plenty of people and dogs making the most of a dry sunny Sunday. Also on site at least three singing male Cirl Bunting, a nest building pair of Stonechat, a Green Woodpecker and two Chiffchaff with five Rook and single Jackdaw and Raven overhead.

Elsewhere counts from the estuary included 198 Curlew, 170 Oystercatcher, 80 Dark-bellied and two Pale-belled Brent Geese, 34 Redshank, eight Teal, three Sandwich Tern, two Bar-tailed Godwit and a Greenshank.

Wildlife News: Despite the continuing windy weather the sunshine brought out the first few Sand Crocus of the year, an earlier than average date.

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