Devon Birds

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

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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

Devon Bird Sightings

25 Jul
2:52 pm

Swifts Affinity Shopping Centre Bideford

11.45Hrs At least 10 – 14 Swifts flying over the shopping centre this morning probably the most I’ve seen together all this summer.
posted by Rob Maye
24 Jul
5:22 pm

Exe Estuary from Turf

This morning at Turf at high tide there were 4 common terns and 2 common sandpipers. Elsewhere on the estuary 2 Med gulls, 3 common terns, 5 sandwich …Read More
posted by John Waldon
24 Jul
2:42 pm

Bowling Green Marsh

Over the high tide this morning were one each of Spoonbill, Ruff, Curlew Sandpiper and Shoveler, two each of Greenshank, Oystercatcher and Teal, 10+ W…Read More
posted by James Camden
23 Jul
1:07 pm

Land off Stoney Lane, Landkey.

A large flock of jackdaws, nearly 100, appeared over the field this morning circling round and round before splitting into two groups, one heading ove…Read More
posted by Robert Morgan
23 Jul
1:04 pm

Old Torrington Road Barnstaple

Late afternoon yesterday, a flock of blue and long tailed tits flew into my neighbour’s garden. There were at least 10 long tails. what you̵…Read More
posted by Robert Morgan
23 Jul
12:43 pm

Curlew Sandpiper

Two visits to BGM this morning at 0815 and 1030. Good views of the Curlew Sandpiper but very mobile and tending to disappear frequently.
posted by Paul Carter
23 Jul
12:02 pm

Hooe Lake

The mixed-pair male Pied x female White Wagtail  that fledged at least two young in mid-June are now raising a  second brood; both birds were observ…Read More
posted by David Diskin

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

Cirl Bunting Mike Langman

Devon Swift Project

Devon Birds is supporting a project to insert swift nesting boxes in churches across the county.

there will be a meeting at the Drewe Arms Drewsteignton WX6 6QN, commencing at 07.00pm,  where you can hear more about the project.

Follow the link below for more details.

Swifts (1) Dewe Arms


Planning Applications

Devon Birds is regularly asked to become involved in planning applications across the county. These are assessed by the Executive Committee as they arise.

Planning law is complex and challenging with the government rules undoubtedly favouring development.

We will, however, take a robust attitude to planning matters where we can provide evidence that a development would significantly impact protected species, wintering or breeding habitats, or roosting sites and we will respond as appropriate. We will work closely with other agencies, such as the Devon Wildlife Trust.

To maintain credibility, DB will only challenge plans which have a clear and substantialimpact on the county’s bird populations. We will not be able to challenge every application which takes away another green field site – unfortunate though that may be for local birds and wildlife. We need to base our approach on our ability to sustain and support an objection through to an enquiry.

If you are aware of an application which you think may have a serious negative impact on Devon’s bird population, please get in touch with our Secretary.


Planning thresholds for Devon Birds engagement:

1. SPA/SACs for birds (Exe, Tamar, Dartmoor)
2. SSSIs with key RDB species (Taw/Torridge)
3. 2% rule – would if affect more than 2% of the Devon RDB breeding, wintering or roosting population.

An example of the last might be willow tit – Devon popn calculated from last atlas, and Tyler, could be 100-150 prs so the threshold would be 2-3 pairs to trigger our intervention.

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


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