Devon Birds

Dedicated to the study and conservation of wild birds in Devon since 1928

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Our Flock

Devon Birds welcomes members from all walks of life and all levels of interest in the Birds of Devon. So whether you are an academic looking for research opportunities and information, or you just want to know what bird is singing in your garden, there is something here for you

Membership Benefits

Joining Devon Birds means that you get our quarterly updates and a copy of the Devon Bird Report free.

You also get the opportunity to meet like minded people at our branch meetings, but most importantly you help us to support important projects that aid the protection of Birds in Devon and provide funding for both research and the maintenance and up keep of our reserves.

As everybody at Devon Birds is a volunteer, all of the money we receive goes towards these aims

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Sightings of rare breeding birds and endangered species

Spring is nearly with us and with it all sorts of migrants will be arriving for the breeding season.

It is important to observe the guidelines with regards rare and endangered species at this time, so Please do not post news relating to birds that could be harmed by the unscrupulous – vulnerable birds of prey, rare breeders, etc. It’s not rocket science. Please see the Rare Breeding Species and Winter Raptor Roosts  page for specific guidance in this area.

This guidance applies wherever you choose to post your sightings, whether that is on our sightings page, or on social media and whilst it gives us all great pleasure to share our experiences (and our photos), there is no need to provide detailed information, especially about locations. If they are already well known, then you don’t need to tell anybody and if they are not well known, then please don’t put vulnerable species at risk by encouraging others to put pressure on the birds whilst they are breeding.

Avian Flu

Unfortunately, AVIAN FLU is still an issue across the UK and the following instructions should be followed when it is suspected

Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.

Call the DEFRA helpline on 03459 335577 if you find:

  • one or more dead bird of prey or owl
  • 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
  • 5 or more dead birds of any species


Devon Birds AGM 2023


Notice is hereby given that the 2023 Devon Birds Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th April 2023 at the Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UX.


  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the 2022 Annual General Meeting
  3. Matters arising from the Minutes
  4. Chairman’s Report
  5. Secretary’s Report
  6. Treasurer’s Report
  7. Election of Officers:

                                                                                            Proposed                      Seconded

            Chairman                                   G Burton         N Armstrong                 M Daniels

            Vice Chairman                           C Randall         L Harris                        G Burton

            Treasurer                                    S Churchley     G Burton                       M Daniels

            Communications Officer          T Utting           A Colston                      R Sims

            Publications Officer                  M Lock             T Utting                         N Armstrong

            Taw & Torridge Branch Rep    R Turner          K Sims                           M Daniels

  1. Election of Auditor/Independent Examiner – Thomas Westcott

The meeting will be followed by a talk by John Walters, wildlife artist and author, ecologist and speaker, titled ’30 years Wildlife Watching in Devon’.

Copies of the Annual report are available on the website via the Society Documents page, or from the secretary. Email

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