BRANCHES - Mid Devon

Mid Devon

The Mid Devon Group aims to cover an area of Devon that stretches from the Cornwall border across central Devon.  The aim is to hold field and occasional indoor meetings at different locations so that the needs of as many members as possible are met. The Branch is organised by a Committee elected by Branch members at its AGM.

An annual programme of events is published on the Branch page of the Devon Birds website.

Each walk has a designated leader who has knowledge of the area and the birds to be seen in the various habitats.  These trips are suitable for prospective members as well as the more experienced.  We aim to make new members and beginners welcome and help each other identify calls and sightings and share useful information. All attending should be suitably dressed for the weather conditions and be reasonably fit as the terrain can vary.  Check the programme to see if pack lunch is required.  Members from other branches of Devon Birds are most welcome to join us.

We also encourage members to participate in surveys and other studies from time to time and details will be made available as appropriate.

 

Branch News

6 Apr

Mid Devon Branch visit to Meeth Quarry Reserve

6th April 2024 Weather was looking suspect for our visit to the DWT Meeth Quarry Reserve, but des… Read More
18 Mar

Devon Birds Indoor Meeting

Join fellow members for an inspirational evening's indoor speaker engagement on Saturday 13th April … Read More
3 Feb

Mid Devon Branch visit to Molland Common

1st February 2024 Ten adventurous birders negotiated the narrow lanes of mid and north Devon to m… Read More
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Upcoming Branch Events

17 Apr
2024
09.30 - 14.00

Aylesbere Common. Meet at Joneys Cross Carpark, grid ref. SY056897, 9:30am-2:00pm

Aylesbere Common and adjacent woodlands. Meet at Joneys Cross Carpark, Aylesbeare, off A3502 opposite RSPB Alyesbeare Reserve, grid ref. SY056897. Bri…
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30 Apr
2024
10.00am - 3.00pm

Soar/Bolt Head. Meet at the National Trust East Soar car park, grid ref SX712373 near the airfield 10:00am-3:00pm

Meet at the National Trust East Soar car park, grid ref SX712373 (W3W – modest.weeknight.neon), near the airfield (free with a NT card). Carry p…
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Mid Devon Branch Upcoming Events

17 Apr
2024

Aylesbere Common. Meet at Joneys Cross Carpark, grid ref. SY056897, 9:30am-2:00pm

Aylesbere Common and adjacent woodlands. Meet at Joneys Cross Carpark, Aylesbeare, off A3502 opposite RSPB Alyesbeare Reserve, grid ref. SY056897. Bring a packed lunch. Leader, Richard Hudson.

30 Apr
2024

Soar/Bolt Head. Meet at the National Trust East Soar car park, grid ref SX712373 near the airfield 10:00am-3:00pm

Meet at the National Trust East Soar car park, grid ref SX712373 (W3W – modest.weeknight.neon), near the airfield (free with a NT card). Carry packed lunch and take suitable clothing; it is usually possible to get coffee and cake at East Soar Farm near the end of the walk. To get there, take A381 towards Salcombe until you reach Malborough at the top of a hill, turn right into the village (narrow). After passing the church follow the signs for East Soar (left at every major fork of the road). Ignore the sign to Soar Mill Cove Hotel. Leader Doug Herdson.

7 May
2024

Meldon Quarry, meet at Quarry Car Park grid ref. SX567922, EX20 4LT, 9:30am-2:00pm

Meldon Quarry area, meet at Quarry Car Park grid ref. SX567922, EX20 4LT. Variable habitat of woodland, river, moorland and quarry, interesting for the birds, butterflies and bluebells. Pied and Spotted flycatchers are likely, Cuckoo possible. Bring a packed lunch. Leader, Roger Jewell.

20 May
2024

East Anstey Common/Whiterocks Down, Exmoor, grid ref. SS869290, TA22 9QH, 9:30am-2:30pm

Moorland and woodland birds. Park on the side of the road south of Whiterocks Down, between Five Cross Ways and Venford, East Anstey Common, grid ref. SS869290. Bring a packed lunch. Leader Paul Pratley.

23 May
2024

Challacombe Farm/Soussons Forest. Meet at Challacombe Farm, grid ref SX695795, TQ13 7UB, 9:30am-2.30pm

Meet outside the drive to Challacombe farm Cottages, Manaton and park on the grass verge, grid ref. SX695795, TQ13 7UB.  Bring packed lunch. Leader, Roger Jewell.

5 Jun
2024

Dunnabridge, Dartmoor. Meet Dunnabridge Pound Farm carpark, PL20 6SF, grid ref SX645745, 9:00am-3:00pm

Dunnabridge in the morning for possible Grasshopper Warbler & moorland birds; Vennford Reservoir for the afternoon. Meet at Dunnabridge Car Park, B3357, Dunabridge Pound Farm, Dartmoor PK20 6SF,  grid ref SX645745.

27 Jun
2024

Berry Head Country Park, Brixham. Meet in the car park, SX 940562, TQ5 9AP, 10:15am-3:00pm

Berry Head, Brixham for seabirds, orchids and general wildlife. We are making this a joint meeting with Plymouth u3a Wildlife group. Meet in the car park, SX 940562, Gillard Road, Rea Hill, Brixham, TQ5 9AP.  Bring a packed lunch (there is the Guardhouse Café if you forget). On approaching Brixham do not go down into town but follow the signs for Berry Head Country Park (i.e. fork right at the traffic lights). Parking is £7 for the visit, a reason to car share. Leader, Doug Herdson.

5 Jul
2024

Nightjars in Cookworthy Forest. Halwill Junction. Grid ref. SS417016, EX22 7YH, 6:30pm-9:00pm

An evening walk to see and hear Nightjars in Cookworthy Forest. Also, the possibility of Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Crossbill, Siskin, deer etc. Plan on a walk before settling at a vantage point to view the nightjars. The entrance to the forest is situated North of Halwill Junction on the A3079 (Ashwater), EX22 7YH. Meet at the car park 6.30pm and picnic area at grid ref. SS417016. Leader, Matt Willson & Helen Allin.

10 Jul
2024

Mardon Down – creatures of the night

An evening on Mardon Down, near Moretonhampstead, looking for moths, bats and twilight birds including nightjar and owls. Meet at the car park at SX 76419 87220. Leader: Rose Leach with Tony Whitehead (RSPB, birds) and Lisa Schneidau (moths and bats).

7 Aug
2024

Meshaw Moor, DWT, near Witheridge, Grid Ref SS761184. EX36 4NE, 9:30am-2:00pm

Meshaw Moor, a DWT reserve w/13 fields of original Culm grassland, one mile south of the village of Meshaw, close to the B3137, between South Molton and Witheridge. Meet in the carpark that sits parallel to the minor road adjacent to a small farm building.  Culm bird life and wild flowers. Bring a packed lunch. Leader, Nick Armstrong.

18 Sep
2024

Northam Burrows County Park, grid ref. SS451304, EX39 1NL 9:30am-2:00pm

Take Broad Lane to Burrows Lane and enter Northam Burrows County Park. Park on the side of the road after crossing the small bridge over The Pill, grid ref: SS451304. Bring a packed lunch. Leader Nick Armstrong.

24 Oct
2024

Fernworthy Reservoir and Plantation, grid ref. SX667839, TQ13 8EA 9:30am-3:30pm

Plan on morning and afternoon walks around reservoir and forestry plantation. Crossbill, Siskin, Willow Tit possible. Bring a packed lunch. Meet at the car park (pay and display) grid ref. SX667839, postcode TQ13 8EA. Leader, Helen Allin.

12 Nov
2024

Exminster Marshes, Station Road, RSPB carpark, Grid Ref: SX953872, EX6 8DZ, 9:30am-2:30pm

Expect a mix of waterfowl, waders and other birds. From A379, take Station Road past the Swan’s Nest Inn and over the hump-back bridge to the RSPB car park on the right, grid ref: SX953872. Leader, Nick Armstrong.

20 Nov
2024

Roadford Reservoir, meet at layby near hide grid ref. SX435930, EX21 5BB, 10:00am-1:30pm

An interesting mix of dabbling and diving ducks, the odd wader or two and the possibility of something unusual. Leader, Helen Allin

11 Dec
2024

Dawlish Warren, Grid Ref: SX97878 9:00am-12:00pm

Dawlish Warren Mid Devon Christmas walk Wednesday 11-Dec, starting 09.00am. Meet at the first car park (pay and display) on the right at the mini-roundabout before the tunnel entrance, Grid Ref: SX978785. Leader Nick Armstrong

 

Mid Devon Branch Committee

Mid Devon Branch Committee

Chair
Tom Misselbrook
Secretary
Sarah Lewis
Treasurer
Committee Members
Helen Allin
Nick Armstrong
Rose Leach