Tuesday 26 March 2019

Tuesday 26th 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 Barnacle Goose remained in the saltmarsh with 16 Dark-bellied Brent Geese with 280 Oystercatcher, 24 Turnstone, 15 Ringed Plover, five Sanderling and three Eider also in the estuary. Elsewhere three Pale-bellied Brent Geese flew in off with a Wheatear and Goldcrest on site.
Wildlife News: The sunny weather saw five butterfly species on the wing; Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and the first Comma and Orange-tip of the year. Also on the wing four bumblebee species including the first Common Carder of the year. In Greenland Lake two Snake's-head Fritillary were in flower with Sand Crocus continuing to bloom. 
Snake's-head Fritillary

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