BRANCHES - Taw & Torridge

Taw & Torridge

The Taw/Torridge branch of Devon Birds was formed in 1986 and represents the northern half of the county, stretching from the Somerset border in the east to the Tamar Lakes in the west. The Society owns and manages several reserves in the area the largest Godborough, on the edge of Bideford, has two ponds with reedbed, pasture land and planted hillsides of mixed woodland, with access restricted to Devon Bird members through a combination gate lock.

Bradiford a fresh water marsh, situated beside the tidal estuary of the river Taw, has no access but can be viewed from the Tarka Trail which runs alongside.

Velator, in Braunton, is a fresh water reedbed, leased from South West Water, and managed by Jon Turner, the Devon Birds Conservation Officer North, who also carries out bird ringing throughout the year.

Devon Birds has also supported the establishment of the Bird Hide at upper Tamar Lake.

Birdwatching field trips are organised monthly in the local area and some further afield. These are suitable for prospective members as well as the more experienced. All attending should be suitably dressed for the weather conditions and be reasonably fit as the terrain can sometimes be challenging. Each walk has a leader who has knowledge of the area. Field trips are advertised in the Society’s annual Programme of Events and on this website. Members from other branches of the Society are most welcome to join us.

Illustrated Talks with guest speakers are held monthly from September to April at the Castle Centre Barnstaple for the April Meeting. From September 2023 onwards the meetings will move to Fremington Hall. Please check the dates as days of the week may vary. Entrance £3 includes refreshments, all are welcome.

The branch promotes the Society through displays at several wildlife and community events throughout the year.

For further information about the Taw/Torridge branch please contact the Branch Representative or for information about field trips or indoor meetings contact the organisers. Contact may also be made via email to info@devonbirds.org.

The branch is organised by a committee which holds its AGM each March, followed by an illustrated talk.

 

Karen edited

 

Branch News

18 Mar

Devon Birds Indoor Meeting

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Upcoming Branch Events

23 Apr
2024
09;30

Bradiford Reserve – Devon Birds

Bradiford Devon Birds (closed) Reserve. Grassland, reedbeds, scrub, woodland, riverbanks, For breeding Woodland birds, Warblers and other migrants. Fl…
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7 May
2024
10:00

Horner Wood

Horner Wood Meet at carpark near the ford at East Water Valley for 10:00 start. Grid Ref: SS900436 Woodland birds including Common Redstart and Lesser…
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Taw & Torridge Branch Upcoming Events

23 Apr
2024

Bradiford Reserve – Devon Birds

Bradiford Devon Birds (closed) Reserve.

Grassland, reedbeds, scrub, woodland, riverbanks, For breeding Woodland birds, Warblers and other migrants.

Flat walk but tussocks, scrub and wet in places.

Meet at 9;30 west end of Pottington Business Park Barnstaple. SS540340 EX31 1QN.

Park in business units, right hand side only.

Bring warm clothing, wellies or walking boots, snack and drink.

Leaders; Steve Skirth

 

7 May
2024

Horner Wood

Horner Wood

Meet at carpark near the ford at East Water Valley for 10:00 start.

Grid Ref: SS900436

Woodland birds including Common Redstart and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.

Leader: Kevin Wigley

21 May
2024

Barle Valley – Simonsbath Exmoor

Barle Valley – Simonsbath to Cow Castle.

Meet at car park in Simonsbath (car park fee). Start time 10:00

Grid Ref: SS773394

Moorland breeding birds including Cuckoo and Whinchat.

 

Leader Steve Skirth/Kevin Wigley

 

22 Jun
2024

Nightjar – Hartland Forest

Nightjars in Hartland Forest.

Meet 20:00 for hopefully sightings of birds displaying.

Bring torch for the return walk

Leader; Martin Unwin

Meeting point to be added near the date once the birds have been located.

 

27 Sep
2024

Taw Estuary

The Pill and Fremington Quay, Taw Estuary.

For waders in summer plumage. Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Herons and Egrets.

Park at Fremington Quay car park and meet on the green area opposite the Cafe.

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Leader: Debbie Frazer

4 Oct
2024

River Caen and Velator Scrape – Braunton

River Caen and Velator scrape, Braunton. (High tide is 07:27).

Meet at Velator Quay car park  at 10:30  Grid Ref: SS484354

For Marsh harrier and other Raptors. Cetti’s Warbler, Kingfisher, Waders and late migrants.

Leader: Martin Unwin/ Kevin Wigley

 

 

24 Nov
2024

Skern – Appledore

The Skern, Appledore.

Meet just over the bridge from Burrows Lane at 13:00. (High tide is at 15:28).

Grid Ref: SS451304

Peregrine and other Raptors, Snow Bunting, Gulls, Waders, Plovers and possibly wintering Black Redstart.

Leader: Martin Unwin

Taw & Torridge Branch Committee

Taw & Torridge Branch Committee

Chair
Vacant
Deputy Chair
Vacant
Secretary
Vacant
Treasurer
Karen Sims
karensims55@ gmail.com 01598 710273
Indoor Meetings
Ray Turner
ray.turner@devonbirds.org 01598 710609
Field Trip Organiser
Martin Unwin/Kevin Wigley/Steve Skirth
01237 237326/ 07850 928030/ 01271 376225
Godborough Warden
Phillip Marlow
01237 474814
Branch Rep
Ray Turner
ray.turner@devonbirds.org 01598 710609
Bradiford Warden
Tim Smith
07842 113260