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

17 Jan

Curlew, Bewick’s Swan and Spoon-billed Sandpiper- The work of the WWT- Jackie Harris – 20th February 7.30pm The Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA

Jackie Harris has worked at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust for 7 years and has taken a passionate i… Read More
2 Jan

The Return Of The White Tailed Eagle To The South of England

The next meeting of the South Devon Branch, is on 16th January at the Courteney Centre, Newton A… Read More
14 Sep

South Devon Branch Meeting 19th September Cancelled

Due to the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, being held on 19th September, the Courtney Centre ,where o… Read More
All South Devon News

Upcoming Branch Events

20 Feb
2023
19.30-21.30

Curlew, Bewick’s Swan and Spoon-billed Sandpiper -The work of the WWT-Jackie Harris- The Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA

WWT Poster for February Talk Jackie has worked at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust for 7 years and has taken a passionate interest in the Trusts’…
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20 Mar
2023
19.30-21.30

50 Years of Change in Devon Birdlife-Mike Langman

Mike Langman is a well known artist and presenter whose presentational skills are well matched by his artistic prowess. In this talk, Mike takes a loo…
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South Devon Branch Upcoming Events

20 Feb
2023

Curlew, Bewick’s Swan and Spoon-billed Sandpiper -The work of the WWT-Jackie Harris- The Courtenay Centre, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA

WWT Poster for February Talk

Jackie has worked at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust for 7 years and has taken a passionate interest in the Trusts’ work to save both wetland species and the habitats that they depend on for their survival. She now volunteers to give talks about the Trust’s work – including on Bewick’s swans, Madagascar Pochard, Spoon-billed Sandpiper and Curlew. These very varied species give an insight into the Trusts’ work at home and around the world.

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

20 Mar
2023

50 Years of Change in Devon Birdlife-Mike Langman

Mike Langman is a well known artist and presenter whose presentational skills are well matched by his artistic prowess. In this talk, Mike takes a look at the changing status and our understanding of some of the birds recorded in Devon over the last 5 decades. From Egrets to Crests to Sparrows and Buntings, even Shelduck and Guillemot plus many more.

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

17 Apr
2023

Managing an RSPB Reserve – Exminster Marshes – Natalie Holt

Natalie Holt manages the Exe Estuary Reserves for the RSPB and in this talk, she will give an insight into how Exminster Marshes is managed to benefit its wildlife.

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

18 Sep
2023

Why Birds are Attracted to Estuaries-Roger Avery

Roger is a retired Senior Lecturer from Bristol University. He is a well known speaker in the South Devon area. His illustrated talk will focus on what makes estuaries special, how they “work” as habitats and the key roles of all animals including birds, in this ecosystem.

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

16 Oct
2023

The Birds of Dartmoor – Prof. Charles Tyler

Charles Tyler is a Professor of Environmental Biology at Exeter University. He has a deep passion for wildlife and has written many articles in the Scientific Press. This talk will focus on his long-term interest in the birds of Dartmoor.

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

20 Nov
2023

All at Sea and up the Creek! Birdwatching from my kayak – Rupert Kirkwood

Rupert’s presentation is about all the incredible wildlife he has seen from his kayak over the last 20 years paddling over 30,000 miles around the coast of Devon and Cornwall. It features some incredible photographs and tales of birds, cetaceans and even land-based animals. 

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
Andrew Strong
andrew.strong@devonbirds.org
Devon Birds Council Member
Nick D'Agorne
nick.dagorne@devonbirds.org
Secretary
Jeff Hacon
jeff.hacon@devonbirds.org