BRANCHES - Plymouth

Plymouth

The Plymouth Branch was re-formed in 2013 after a period of inactivity. We now have an active programme of both field and indoor meetings. Field meetings are held most months and indoor meetings every couple of months at Mutley Baptist Church.

We always welcome new members, beginners and experienced birdwatchers alike. Members and non-members are free to attend any branch meeting.

The focus of our indoor meetings is birding of local interest, with occasional subjects from further afield. For further information contact the Chair.

Our field trips aim to introduce birdwatchers to the wide variety of habitats that Devon can offer in the search for its speciality and its more familiar species. Our experienced leaders will give help in bird recognition and their identification through songs and calls and share their knowledge of both sites and species. For further information contact the Field Meetings Coordinator.

Look here for details of areas to visit around Plymouth to watch birds.

In addition to the information on this website we send an annual Diarycard to all members and a monthly “what’s on” reminder.

Members and non-members are free to attend any branch meetings.

The branch is organised by a committee elected by the members at the AGM each November. This short AGM is followed by an illustrated talk.

Branch News

17 Jan

Report on Broadsands and Brixham Breakwater Field Trip on 16 January 2023

For the first 2023 field trip, 24 people from the Plymouth Branch met at Broadsands.  In the hedger… Read More
7 Dec

Plymouth Branch visit to St John’s Lake and the River Lynher, Torpoint

Please follow the link below to find a report of the recent Plymouth branch visit to St John's Lake … Read More
6 Dec

Saturday 3 December Field Trip Report for St John’s Lake and River Lynher, Torpoint

For the final field trip of the 2022 season 25 people from the Plymouth Branch made a foray across t… Read More
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Upcoming Branch Events

14 Feb
2023
09:00 to 14:30

Walmsley Sanctuary and Wadebridge

Crossing into Cornwall, we’ll meet just before Trewornan Bridge on the B3314, at SW 987 742, where there are 2 lay-byes. From the raised hide we…
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16 Mar
2023
09:30 to 14:00

Bowling Green Marsh and Topsham

The day’s birdwatching will start when we meet at the Holman Way pay and display car park in Topsham, at SX 968 881.  From here we will walk down t…
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Plymouth Branch Upcoming Events

14 Feb
2023

Walmsley Sanctuary and Wadebridge

Crossing into Cornwall, we’ll meet just before Trewornan Bridge on the B3314, at SW 987 742, where there are 2 lay-byes. From the raised hide we will have a wide view over Walmsley Sanctuary, which at this time holds a wide variety of geese and ducks, often including uncommon species such as White-fronted or Bean Geese or Ring-necked Duck. Waders too should be plentiful, often with several hundred Golden Plover performing their aerial spectacle. Taking advice from the reserve warden we may go on to Chapel Amble, at the northern end of the sanctuary, if there is any unusual interest there. To finish the day, we’ll head back to Wadebridge, (park at Piggy Lane carpark – charges apply) for a walk (5km round trip) along the River Camel still searching for gulls and waders as we go. Small numbers of Whooper Swans have regularly wintered.

For further information please contact the event leader Mary Johnson 07891844516

For event poster click here

16 Mar
2023

Bowling Green Marsh and Topsham

The day’s birdwatching will start when we meet at the Holman Way pay and display car park in Topsham, at SX 968 881.  From here we will walk down to Topsham Quay and along the Goat Walk, which will give us views in both directions along the River Exe.  We hope to see a wide variety of ducks and waders, including Avocets, with the possibility of a Marsh Harrier quartering over Exminster Marsh on the opposite bank.  We’ll continue to the raised viewing platform at the River Clyst confluence with the Exe for even more waders.  The paths, ditches and mature hedgerows provide food and shelter for a wide variety of birds including Water Rail, Cetti’s Warblers and early spring migrants such as Chiffchaff.  Large numbers of Avocets and others waders will be expected to flock on to the scrape in front of the RSPB Bowling Green Marsh hide at high tide and so we hope to get excellent views of all the waterfowl using this area, including a passing kingfisher or two.  In total the walk will be approximately 4km.

For further information please contact the event leaders Kev and Jacki Solman 07812 805668

For event poster see here

 

12 Apr
2023

Aylesbeare Common

Aylesbeare Common for heathland species including Dartford Warbler and Yellowhammer, with early butterflies and dragonflies.

Meet at Joney’s Cross car park on opposite side of the Reserve entrance at SY056897.

Leader: Mary Johnson Tel: 07891844516

24 Apr
2023

Yarner Wood and Trendlebeare Down

We will explore some of the many paths that run through this part of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve.  The woodland valley, with its mix of coniferous and deciduous trees, including ancient oaks and an understorey of holly provide ideal habitats for many woodland species. We will search here for early arriving Pied and Spotted Flycatchers and Redstarts that take advantage of the many nestboxes. In addition, the surrounding moorland provides opportunities to see a variety of heathland birds.

We will meet at the Trendlebere car park SX781792.  The walk will be approximately 4km with some steeper sections.

For further information please contact the event leader John O’Connell-Davidson 07885 536218.

Plymouth Branch Committee

Plymouth Branch Committee

Chair and Council Member
Liz Harris
01752 789594
Secretaries
Phil and Jill Stevens
01822 613545
Treasurer
John Lloyd
Field Meeting Coordinator
John O’Connell-Davidson
01752 668448
Publicity
Doug Herdson
Social Coordinator
Kay Rouse
Other members
Roy Harris
Chris Marcol
07976 359647
Jacki and Kev Solman
Mary Johnson
07891 844516