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Montagu's Harrier by Alan LawrenceThe Montagu’s Harrier is an eminently suitable species to feature as an emblem of the Society, for it was in 1808/9 that the Kingsbridge-based pioneer naturalist, George Montagu, first described the differences that separated his bird from the Hen Harrier. With its strong historical connections with Devon it is surprising that it was some forty years after its formation before the Society first chose to use the Harrier as its emblem.

Some well-known names from the world of ornithology have been involved in its development. The species was first used as a motif by the Society in 1968 when it featured on a tie designed by Robert Gillmor, following a request from Tony Soper, the then Vice-president. Then, for many years, the Society used a life-like sketch of the bird on its literature which was drawn by Roger Penhallurick, responding to a specific request by Humphrey Sitters. A drawing of a Montagu’s Harrier (see right), designed by Alan Lawrence, was adopted by the Society in 1987 and was used as the Society logo up until 2005.

In 2006, Alan Lawrence’s harrier was given a more stylised treatment and incorporated into an updated logo designed by Ian Farrell.

More recently, in 2013, the logo has undergone another refresh to reflect Council’s decision to use the Society’s shorter and more widely-used name, Devon Birds. Our Montagu’s Harrier is still there but the logo is more modern and much clearer about who we are and what we do. It was designed by Martin Dixon, one of Europe’s top magazine designers, who, despite being a Geordie and living in Berlin, is a keen birdwatcher who gave his time to the project for free.

In 2014 we added our strapline underneath the logo which reads WATCH…ENJOY…PROTECT which we feel sums up our charity’s aims.