Other Wildlife

Breeding Birds

Please think very carefully before posting any information on scarce or rare breeding species both here and elsewhere online.

A list of ‘at risk’ species in the county can be found here. Many of these receive full legal protection under Schedule 1 and/or are rare in the county and may be vulnerable to persecution/disturbance. It is an offence to intentionally disturb any of the Schedule 1 species during the breeding season without a valid licence. This also applies to anyone taking photographs of these species at or near the nest or whilst feeding dependant young. 

You should also apply these principles to vulnerable species without the wider legal protection. 

Although some species may be found breeding at numerous locations, please keep information about them limited to well-known sites (e.g. Labrador Bay for Cirl Bunting and Aylesbeare Common for Dartford Warbler). Others may be found as obvious migrants and as such can also be posted eg coastal Ring Ouzel and passage waders, or raptors eg Little Ringed PloverRed Kite or Marsh Harrier.

If you have any doubts and think there is a chance there may be breeding, either because of the habitat or behaviour of the bird(s) then do not post, but please submit your records to the County Recorder and, as appropriate, the RSPB

Please be aware that egg collecting and other forms of disturbance and persecution remain very real hazards for some of Devon’s birds. Unfortuately this can involve people wanting to photograph or obtain close views of the  birds, as well as eg egg collectors. 

Every year editors on this site have to remove or edit posts which breach the code outlined here. Please play your part in making this unnecessary. 

Thank you.

Posted March 20th at 3:43 pm by Pete Aley in General Birding

Dawlish Warren

Please take extra care when visiting Dawlish Warren. We have been informed that due to the recent bad weather there has been significant erosion from Groyne 10 eastwards. This means that access along the site, to and from Warren Point (and the bird hide) will be via the beach only, with a risk of being cut off for a period either side of high water! Signs have been put up to alert people to the hazards, but people need to be aware that access routes that they have become used to may not be available and they need to exercise extreme caution,  with the possibility of being cut off by the tide, and people are strongly urged not to try climbing the sand cliffs. Further information is available on the Teignbridge District Council website.

Posted November 9th, 2018 at 11:08 am by Mike Daniels in General Birding

Membership

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Posted October 10th, 2016 at 9:14 am by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sightings Page Changes

Acting on comments to Devon Birds some changes have been made to this page. To the right of this header post you'll see there are now several subjects for you to choose to read and post on. Just click your chosen subject and use as previously.

Please be careful not to post under the wrong subject. If you do, you can still easily go back to edit and change the subject yourself so it appears on the right page.

Please try and keep posts short, particularly in the Scarce / Rare Birds & Passage Counts page. Photographs are still very welcome.  

For help with ID email photos to id@devonbirds.org.

Posted June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 pm by George & Julia Harris in General Birding

Sunday 7th August 2016

Lyme Bay boat trip - common dolphins

A pic of this morning's dolphins from the Brixham boat. See Nigel's post for better trip tally, I was mainly trying to take pictures in bouncy conditions!

Common dolphins
Common dolphins

Posted August 7th, 2016 at 6:09 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Wood White at Meeth Quarry

After an impromptu visit to Meeth Quarry following a family get together I decided that it pays to always take my camera with me. It was scorchingly hot at Meeth, but that always guarantees insects. We spotted 4 Wood White's, with their dainty flight pattern, one posing obligingly for me. Couldn't believe my luck! Plenty of SW Fritillaries, Red Admirals, Gatekeepers and Meadow Browns, looking decidedly ragged. Also heard and spotted a few Warblers, mostly chiffys but a couple of Willow Warblers. A Green Woodpecker was flitting about above us too. So, as a friend of mine told me yesterday, ALWAYS take your camera. Glad I listened. A longer visit will be required next time.

Wood White

               Silver Washed Fritillary
                                       Wood White                                                            Silver Washed Fritillary

Black Tailed Skimmer
Black Tailed Skimmer

Posted August 7th, 2016 at 4:39 pm by Steph Murphy in Other Wildlife

Saturday 6th August 2016

Not a Grass Snake

On the road down to Berry Head quarry met a young fisherman juggling with a snake.  What are you doing I said?  I'm trying to move this grass snake off the road he replied.  Do you know its an adder and a very angry one and quite poisonous I told him. Oh no he replied its perfectly OK and not dangerous. Although it did bite me just now.  He held up a bleeding thumb.

I advised him to seek medical attention so he googled "adder bites" and went white and as he went up the road I heard him say "my thumb hurts".

 

 

Fisherman's feet next to adderAngry adder

 Adder close to a fisherman's foot                                                                      Angry Adder

Beating a retreat

Beating a retreat

Posted August 6th, 2016 at 9:09 pm by Bill Coulson in Other Wildlife

Southern Hawker

Whilst out twitching the Least Sandpiper at Blackhole Marsh, I snapped this lovely Southern Hawker on Seaton Marsh, around Borrow Pit.


Posted August 6th, 2016 at 3:09 pm by steph murphy in Other Wildlife

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