8 June Field Meeting Rothhamsted Research, North Wyke

Jerry Tallowin, a Scientist at the Research Centre, gave the Mid Devon members a very interesting day at North Wyke starting with explanations of the research facilities, the historic buildings and various areas of land used for the work carried out there.  The walk took us around the farmland, nature reserve area and alongside the River Taw and we saw and heard a wide variety of birds, including willow warblers, spotted flycatcher, reed bunting, tree creeper and garden warbler, 29 species in total.  The wild flower meadows were fantastic with plenty of butterflies and damselflies.  We were fortunate that the rain held off and were able to picnic in the beautiful grounds followed by a short walk in the afternoon.  Many thanks to Jerry for hosting us all for the day.

The next Mid Devon meeting is at Meeth Quarry on Friday 20 June at 0930 and everybody is welcome to come along. Meet at Nature Reserve Car Park SS539084  more information from: Annabelle Strickland   tel 01392 439685