Wednesday 22 May 2019

Wednesday 22nd 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.

Counts from the hide included 110 Oystercatcher, 70 Dunlin, 65 Sanderling, 36 Ringed Plover, 19 Bar-tailed Godwit, seven Turnstone, seven Whimbrel, three Grey Plover, a Dark-bellied Brent Goose and the Slavonian Grebe.

Away from the estuary migration was limited to a Yellow Wagtail heading NE early morning presumably a late spring migrant, whilst the single Mistle Thrush heading the same way was presumably the first autumn migrant. Elsewhere a Red-throated Diver and seven Common Scoter were offshore and fledged Stonechat were near the Visitor Centre.

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