BRANCHES - South Devon

South Devon

Our branch covers the Teignbridge, Torbay and South Hams members’ areas and we welcome all birders to our monthly meetings which are held on the third Monday of the month in January, February, March, April, September, October and November. All indoor meetings are held at 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 for members and £4 for non-members. This charge covers speaker’s costs, venue hire and refreshments. See the events timetable for further details.

We start each meeting with information about local conservation issues, bird sightings and matters raised by the Council of Devon Birds. This is then followed by an illustrated talk on a variety of subjects. There’s always a lively Q&A session after every talk.

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.

In addition to indoor meetings we also organise some Birdwatching Walks during the year, as detailed in the main events programme.

Branch News

11 Feb

Birdwatching Walk to the Lower Otter Restoration Project with Ranger, Rick Lockwood- Sunday February 11th 2024

S.Devon Branch Birdwatching Walk to the Lower Otter Restoration Project with Ranger, Rick Lockwood- … Read More
17 Jan

S. Devon Branch Indoor Meeting 19/2/24 @7.30pm-Courtenay Centre Newton Abbot – Managing Challacombe Farm, Dartmoor for Birds and other Wildlife-Mark Owen and Nik Ward

Challacombe Farm is renowned as one of the best spots on Dartmoor for bird watching, Tonight’s tal… Read More
20 Jun

South Devon Branch Walk to Challacombe Farm – 5th June 2023

Picture the perfect walk on Dartmoor and this day was almost that! It started off with a classic Dar… Read More
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Upcoming Branch Events

18 Mar
2024
19.30-21.30

On My Doorstep-Starlings, Goosanders, Stonechats and the South Brent Parish Survey-Peter Reay

Peter Reay started studying bird of the S. Brent Parish since he moved there in 2010. He’s also involved with Dartmoor birds and Devon WeBS coun…
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15 Apr
2024
19.30-21.30

Insight into Breeding Birds of the Arctic Circle-Dave Scott

Dave Scott is a celebrated Devon presenter, licensed bird ringer, photographer and artist. His talk will focus on some of the many breeding birds he h…
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South Devon Branch Upcoming Events

18 Mar
2024

On My Doorstep-Starlings, Goosanders, Stonechats and the South Brent Parish Survey-Peter Reay

Peter Reay started studying bird of the S. Brent Parish since he moved there in 2010. He’s also involved with Dartmoor birds and Devon WeBS counts and was Devon Birds editor.

The talk will cover various bird surveys and projects carried out in South Brent parish including roosting Starlings and Goosanders, farmland breeding Stonechats and the South Brent Parish Bird Survey.

Members £3 Non-Members £4 Entry fee includes refreshments

15 Apr
2024

Insight into Breeding Birds of the Arctic Circle-Dave Scott

Dave Scott is a celebrated Devon presenter, licensed bird ringer, photographer and artist. His talk will focus on some of the many breeding birds he has filmed in the high arctic habitats.

Members £3 Non-Members £4 Entry fee includes refreshments

16 Sep
2024

Birds and Mammals of Kenya-Jeff Hacon

Jeff Hacon is a retired Biology teacher and Secretary of the South Devon Branch of Devon Birds.

Jeff’s talk describes a trip to Kenya in 2018 visiting Amboseli, Masai Mara and a mystery location close to Nairobi.

Members £3 Non-Members £4 Entry fee includes refreshments

21 Oct
2024

Bird Behaviour-an Illustrated Talk – Ian Gasper

Ian Gasper is a former headteacher, much-travelled individual and well-known speaker.

This talk will cover many aspects of how birds live: their physiology (what makes them different), their movement, their feeding methods and abilities, their breeding and intelligence.

Members £3 Non-Members £4 Entry fee includes refreshments

18 Nov
2024

Birds, Beasts and Bugs of Devon – John Walters

John Walters is a life-long naturalist and ecologist who explores the natural world through field sketching, photography and video.  He has appeared in many television and radio programmes including the recent BBC David Attenborough Wild Isles series.

This illustrated talk will show some of the amazing variety of wildlife found in Devon, from Cuckoos to the Hornet Robberfly and from dancing Adders to giant Atlantic Bluefin Tuna.

Members £3 Non-Members £4 Entry fee includes refreshments

South Devon Branch Committee

South Devon Branch Committee

Chairman
Nick D'Agorne
nick.dagorne@devonbirds.org
Treasurer/Programme Secretary
Roger Little
roger.little@devonbirds.org
Devon Birds Council Member
Nick D'Agorne
nick.dagorne@devonbirds.org
Secretary
Jeff Hacon
jeff.hacon@devonbirds.org