Berry Head by Mike Langman

Aquatic Warbler © Nik Ward

BranchesSouth Devon

Our branch covers the Teignbridge, Torbay and South Hams members’ areas and we welcome active birders to our monthly meetings which are held on the third Monday of the month throughout the year (excluding April, when the meeting is on 25th April, to avoid the Bank Holiday). There are no talks in August or December. All indoor meetings in 2022 will be held at our NEW SPACIOUS VENUE, the Courtenay Centre in Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA which has its own car park and full disability access. There is Free overflow parking (after 6pm) in the adjacent Cricketfield Road Car Park if the Centre Car Park is full. Meetings start at 7.30pm and last about 2 hours, including a refreshment break.  We charge £3 per person to cover speaker’s costs, venue hire and refreshments.

We discuss local conservation issues, bird sightings, migration trends etc. followed by an illustrated talk on a good variety of subjects; examples of which include The Secret life of Long-tailed Tits, Birds of India, Tracking Oystercatchers and the cause and decline of the Wood Warbler. There’s always a lively Q&A session after every talk. Click here to see the full Programme of Meetings for 2022.

Devon Birds manages three reserves in South Devon. South Milton Ley is one of the finest nature reserves in the county and is open to members. It is a large reedbed that has breeding Reed, Sedge and Cetti’s Warblers as well as many other species both breeding and on migration. South Huish Marsh has a large wetland scrape that attracts a range of ducks and waders in the winter but it’s worth a look at any time of the year. It can be viewed from the National Trust car park by South Milton Beach. There is also a small reserve at Prawle Point that is managed for the resident Cirl Bunting population. Devon Birds also looks after bird hides at Slapton and Beesands.

Finally we also organise some Birdwatching Walks during the year. Summaries of recent walks are available below.

Branch Committee

Chairman Mike Goss 01364 72539
Treasurer Robin Shute  
Devon Birds
Council Member
Mike Goss 01364 72539
Programme
Secretary
Nick D’Agorne