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

Thursday 21st December 2017

Berry Head

photo of Common Dolphins from today

Juvenile Dolphin Common Dolphin Common Dolphins
Juvenile Dolphin                               Common Dolphin                       Common Dolphins

Posted December 21st, 2017 at 5:25 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Berry Head

Fantastic morning watching wildlife from my kayak Berry Head to Sharkham Point.

Only birds of note were a single Purple Sandpiper on Brixham Breakwater and a Peregrine.

Best action was creatures from below the surface: I followed approx 40 Common Dolphins for an hour from Brixham to way past Berry Head.

Plus 9+ Harbour porpoise.

One Giant Tuna about 100m of the tip of Berry Head: double splash and breached half out of the water.

merry Christmas to all,

Rupert

Posted December 21st, 2017 at 2:55 pm by Rupert Kirkwood in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 20th December 2017

Battery Gardens / Fishcombe Brixham

Large number of Common Dolphin, 50 or 60 at least, chasing shoals of small fish into Brixham harbour this morning. They split into four or more pods.  When most of the excitement was over a few Gannet came in off the harbour entrance to dive.  In Fishcombe a pair of Grey Seal were enjoying some play-fighting and neck biting watched by a Grey Heron and a Kingfisher from the rocks.

Battery Gardens saw 2 Goldcrest, a flock of Long Tailed Tits, 3 Song Thrush, and a Great Spotted Woodpecker. No sign of the 2 Firecrest which were here last week. 

Common Dolphin in Brixham harbour Grey Seal, Fishcombe
Common Dolphin in Brixham harbour                      Grey Seal, Fishcombe

Posted December 20th, 2017 at 11:29 am by Bill Coulson in Other Wildlife

Monday 18th December 2017

Yarner Woods

i Red Admiral on Sunday - presumably a late one for this year rather than an early one for next!

Posted December 18th, 2017 at 5:32 pm by roger duggleby in Other Wildlife

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