Thursday 9 May 2019

Thursday 9th May

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 first news for several days suggests little was missed with a Hobby south offshore the highlight on a quiet day, also south offshore 25 Manx Shearwater and six Great Northern Diver. Elsewhere a Common Sandpiper was at the seawall and the Slavonian Grebe was off Cockwood but there were disappointingly low wader numbers on high tide with just 16 Whimbrel, 15 Dunlin, five Sanderling and a Turnstone.  

Dunlin - Alan Keatley

Wildlife News: Butterflies included male and female Orange-tip, Small Copper, Red Admiral and Speckled Wood. Bees included several Fork-jawed Nomad, Yellow-legged Mining, Sandpit Mining and a Red Mason bee. Also noted a Dark-bush Cricket nymph and several Bramble Sawflies.

 Dark Bush-cricket - Alan Keatley

 Bramble Sawfly - Alan keatley

Green Longhorn - Alan Keatley

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