Mid-Devon Branch Field Meeting, BGM and Darts Farm, Sat 22 March

The day started off with sunny weather followed by a couple of showers later in the day when it also turned very cold.  The walk started from Goosemoor Bridge area to the hide at Bowling Green where we saw a good variety of birds including 2 swallows arriving from their wintering areas after their hazardous migration which was lovely to see. 

Greenshank at Goosemoor 21.3.14 P Richardson


We then walked past the Platform area which suffered severe damage in the storms earlier in the year therefore unable to walk down the footpath,  then down to the Goatwalk which also suffered severe storm damage and now inaccessible but viewed it from the foreshore – hopefully it will be restored very soon.  Our walk then took us to the new Exe Estuary Trail to Darts Farm with views of the River Clyst where we spotted several beautiful greenshanks.  This was followed by a walk around Darts Farm to the hide area and concluded with a total of 50 species of birds sighted including songthrush, chiffchaff, dunlin, tufted duck, redshank, shoveler, house and sand martin, little egret and ruff.

To add to this the dog Fox which has apparently been appearing at Bowling Green Marsh for at least 3 years was present and in the past it has been noted as subject of mobbing by the geese but is completely unfazed by them but great to see him still around.

Many thanks to Peter Richardson for leading this walk and for his knowledge of the area and expertise on the birds.

The next Mid-Devon meeting will be at Eggesford Forest on Tues 1 April at 10am. Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Annabelle Strickland