Category: Society News

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.

15 Mar
3:42 pm
2024

Devon Birds AGM

Devon Birds AGM 2024

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

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.

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

15 Mar
2:42 pm
2024

The Annual Report Is Now Published

The Devon Birds Annual Report has been completed and is now published. Follow the link below to find it.

 

Devon Bird Annual Report

 

 

 

28 Feb
10:11 am
2024

PiedFly.Net 2024 members meeting

PiedFly.Net is a science based network co-ordinating community participation in monitoring Pied Flycatchers and other hole-nesting woodland birds to contribute to science and monitoring research

The network co-ordinates monitoring of nest box schemes with breeding populations of Pied Flycatchers across southwest England. Since 2011 the network has brought all this information together to share with national schemes and the scientific community.

This is our Annual Meeting where monitors come together for talks and a home-cooked lunch. This year Malcolm Burgess will summarise the 2023 monitoring results from the 45+ network sites and how network data has been used in scientific and monitoring projects. Guest speaker is Ilaria Lonero, PhD student at the University of Edinburgh. Ilaria is studying UK Redstart phenology and will present some of her results to date. Finally Malcolm Burgess will present some new results from tracking Pied flycatchers over the annual cycle from tags that record air pressure – enabling us to follow flight and location altitude over the year.

The meeting takes place on Saturday 9 March, Teign Valley Community Hall, Christow.

Cost is £18 including lunch.

To find out more information and to book tickets please use the link below.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/piedflynet-2024-members-meeting-tickets-821743806847?aff=oddtdtcreator&utm_campaign=postpublish&utm_medium=sparkpost&utm_source=email

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

11 May
6:48 pm
2023

Annual Day Trip to Lundy – Cancelled

Devon Birds

Annual Day Trip to Lundy – Cancelled

Sunday 21st May 2023

We have been informed by the Lundy Shore Office that  the MV Oldenberg is under repair and is now unavailable until after the 27th May 2023 and therefore regret to inform you that the Annual Day Trip to Lundy on Sunday 21st May 2023 has had to be cancelled.

Please be advised that a full refund will be made to your account as soon as possible.

 

Yours Sincerely

Mike Daniels

Secretary

26 Apr
6:00 pm
2023

Travelscope for sale

Hawke Endurance Travelscope for sale.

Little used and still in box with a green stay-on protective case.

It can be used handheld but does benefit from a lightweight tripod (not included).

Normally retail at £199 but I am selling for £100.

Home phone  01237 237326

or mobile 07934 095555

unwinmart@hotmail.com

 

Martin Unwin

 

 

27 Mar
8:46 pm
2023

Devon Birds Day Trip to Lundy 2023

The annual Devon Birds day trip to Lundy is scheduled for Sunday 21st May 2023. Boarding the MV Oldenberg at Bideford from 7.30am, sailing at 8.00am. Planned arrival back in Bideford will be approximately 6.30pm. Everyone is welcome, birdwatchers or those who would just like a peaceful day on this beautiful island.

It is planned to include a sail around the island to see the seabirds and seals.

Tickets are available from the Shop on the Website. Adults £40, Children (under 16) £18.

When booking please provide full name and gender of all passengers, this is a Lundy Steamship Company requirement. Refunds will only be available in the event of the trip being cancelled.

Further details are available from the Secretary, Mike Daniels, email: secretary@devonbirds.org

23 Mar
10:43 pm
2023

Newsletter March 2023

The latest edition of the newsletter can be found by following the link below

newsletter mar 23

In this issue there is a reminder about the AGM, the booking details for the trip to Lundy and another reminder about visiting the new website. We also have an interesting article for the new “Devon Culm” charity and another from Peter Reay about Stonechats on farmland.
And hot off the press, some exciting news about a species not often associated with the British Isles
As always we are continually looking for interesting material for the newsletter, so if you have been anywhere, or seen anything worth telling people about, please let us know at Communications@devonbirds.org

3 Mar
9:58 am
2023

Obituary – Bob Burridge

Bob Burridge died suddenly on 24th January. Bob was instrumental in establishing the South Milton and South Huish Reserves. He was involved from the outset, recognizing their importance, establishing relationships with landowners, and pressing Devon Birds to acquire or lease land when the opportunity arose. He also ringed in South Milton from the 60’s until less than 10 years ago. He was quite a character and well known in the birding community.

The funeral service will take place at Efford Crematorium on Monday 13th March at 12.15pm. Family flowers only. Donations if so desired for Devon Birds by retiring collection or c/o Kingsbridge Funeral Directors, Devon Square View, Lower Union Road, Kingsbridge. Tel: 0154885634_