Category: Meetings

18 Mar
12:14 pm
2024

Devon Birds Indoor Meeting

Join fellow members for an inspirational evening’s indoor speaker engagement on Saturday 13th April at the United Reformed Church Hall, Southernhay, Exeter, 7:30-9:00 p. The meeting is organised by Devon Birds Mid Devon Branch and is open to all Devon Birds members and friends.

We have two speakers:

Martin Overy ‘The Devon Birds Annual Report – how it is put together and how important your records are’

Martin leads on the compilation of the annual Devon Birds report and he will cover a brief history of the report, what goes in and what doesn’t, how it is compiled and how records are used, and the importance and accuracy of records. General observations and suggestions for improvement from the audience will be welcome.

 

Andy Gray ‘Changing farming practices – divert to diversity, a discussion’

Andy is a farmer from the Crediton area with a commitment to innovative and sustainable farming practices that benefit the environment, promote accessibility to quality food and inspire future farmers. Andy was a finalist in the prestigious 2023 BBC Food and farming Awards in the Farming and the Future category.

 

Suggested donation of £2.50 for those attending. Tea and coffee available.

Please let Tom Misselbrook (tom.misselbrook@devonbirds.org) know if you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Southernhay United Reformed Church, Dix’s Field, Exeter EX1 1QA. Car parking at Magdalen Road Carpark, a short walk from the United Reformed Church on Southernhay.

17 Jan
4:58 pm
2024

Devon Birds AGM 2024

Notice is hereby given that the 2024 Devon Birds Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 23rd March 2024, in the Devon Suite at the Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UX. Starting at 3pm

An Agenda for the meeting will be published nearer the time.

We are looking for members (or non-members) who are willing and able to offer their time and energy to the work of Devon Birds, contributing to the conservation and protection of the county’s wildlife.

The membership covers a very broad spectrum of enthusiasts, from simply feeding birds in the garden to more organised record keeping of sightings and identification of rare birds. Our Council similarly represents this range of interest and we do not all need to be expert birders to contribute.

Our current vacancies are:

Chair – provides overall management of the society, as supported, and guided, by Council. Chairs meetings and represents Devon Birds externally. He/she does not need to be an expert birder but should have some understanding of the broad conservation context.

Treasurer – deals with all aspects of the society finances from paying bills to exercising strategic control of the assets. A good grasp of charity law and experience in accountancy are essential but no birding skills are necessary.

Lead Ornithologist – we intend to set up a working group focussing on Monitoring and Records. This group needs a specialist ornithologist to guide the work of the group and provide expert skills in bird identification and conservation. As we develop the record management towards more modern IT systems a good understanding of data bases and information processes will be important.

Editing/PR – our recent work on a Strategy has emphasised the importance of ‘encouraging and promoting an interest in birds’. We want to expand this work using articles, publications and press and require the help of members with editing and writing skills. Bird knowledge useful for not critical!

General admin – there are a number of small administration tasks that we could use some help with. These include managing the web site and Facebook page, membership reminders and other small organisational tasks. General admin experience is all that is needed.

If anyone is interested in finding out more regarding the above posts then please talk to your Branch representative or get in touch directly with the current Chair, Graham Burton (graham.burton@devonbirds.org) or any Council member.

More information is available by contacting the Secretary, Mike Daniels (secretary@devonbirds.org) and by referring to the Devon Birds CIO Constitution, Sections 12 (Charity Trustees) and 13 (Appointment of Charity Trustees) on the Website (www.devonbirds.org).

Volunteers to assist the Society at the Reserves, at the Branches or in other areas are also very welcome. A volunteer to assist with administration of the new Website would also be welcome.

The meeting will be followed by a talk by Kevin Cox, Chair of the RSPB

20 Jan
2:17 pm
2023

Notice of Annual General Meeting 2023

Notice is hereby given that the 2023 Devon Birds Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th April 2023 at the Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UX.

An Agenda for the meeting will be published nearer the time.

There are currently vacancies on Devon Birds Council for 2 Ordinary Members, also the following positions will retire by rotation as required by the Constitution. Chairman (1 nomination received), Vice Chairman, Treasurer (available for re-election), Recorder (available for re-election), Communications Officer (available for re-election), Publications Officer (available for re-election).  Nominations for any of these positions, Trustee Members or Branch Representatives of the Council may be made by the Council or by any three members by notice in writing to the Secretary at least 6 weeks before the Annual General Meeting in order that members can be advised within the required timescales.

Volunteers to assist the Society at the Reserves, at the Branches or in other areas are also very welcome. A volunteer to assist with administration of the new Website would also be welcome.

A vacancy also currently exists on the Devon Birds Records Committee.

More information is available by contacting the Secretary, Mike Daniels (secretary@devonbirds.org) and by referring to the Devon Birds CIO Constitution, Sections 12 (Charity Trustees) and 13 (Appointment of Charity Trustees) on the Website (www.devonbirds.org).

The meeting will be followed by a talk by John Walters, wildlife artist and author, ecologist and speaker, titled ’30 years Wildlife Watching in Devon’.

27 Oct
10:15 pm
2021

Mid Devon Branch AGM

The Mid Devon Branch AGM will be held on Wednesday 17th November 2021 at 7pm at The Boniface Centre, Church Lane Crediton. The Boniface Centre is 50 yards east and adjacent to Crediton’s parish church. Post Code EX17 2AH. Parking is available behind the church.

17 Mar
9:50 am
2019

Annual General Meeting

The 2019 Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th March 2019 at the Exeter Court Hotel, Kennford, Exeter EX6 7UX at 7pm. The meeting will be followed by a talk by Nick Baker titled: “A screaming success – Churches as bird boxes, or how to make a church goer out of a non-believer”