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

Friday 31st March 2017

stoats

a bleak looking exminster and powderham marsh today with no real birds of note, but amazed to watch a pair of stunning looking stoats playing near the middle car park at exminster marsh.

Posted March 31st, 2017 at 2:32 pm by gray clements in Other Wildlife

Thursday 30th March 2017

Mortehoe Snake FAO Derek Stacey

More than happy - thanks Derek. Just wish I'd seen it.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Andy Lansdell in Other Wildlife

Morte Point snake

To Andrew Lansdell. Did the edited photos satisfy your ID?

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 1:28 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Humpback

Humpback sighted (from A379 between Stoke Fleming and Blackpool Sands) just off Blackpool Sands yesterday evening (19.00 hrs). Good spouts and views of dorsal fin although fairly choppy sea.

Posted March 30th, 2017 at 1:08 pm by Nic Butler in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 29th March 2017

Morte Point snake

Attached side view of head does not show vertical pupil of adder or yellow collar of grass snake. However (with a little help from photoshop),one photo just about shows the zigzag of adder, so sticking with that, but happy to be corrected.

 

 

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 12:51 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Another Adder variant

I found two of these Adder identical colour and size on Bovey Heath 2016.

Posted March 29th, 2017 at 11:20 am by David Turrell in Other Wildlife

Adders

A hazard while looking for Great Grey Shrike - a more typical colouration. It is very unusual to see a dark phase V. berus without any evidence of the zig-zag pattern. Grasssnake also have dark unmarked specimens. Any close-up of the eye?


Posted March 29th, 2017 at 11:00 am by Andrew Lansdell in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 28th March 2017

"adder" pics

As a renowned snake non-expert, the pictures posted earlier today look more like a grass snake to me.

Eds. The original post was correct it is an Adder but an almost black one which do occur see here 

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 8:13 pm by Alan Ford in Other Wildlife

Morte Point

Adder crossing path at Morte Point yesterday 27 March.

Posted March 28th, 2017 at 3:49 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Monday 27th March 2017

Butterflies emerging in Long Wood, Noss

Very good numbers of Commas and Peacocks emerging today in the sunny glade by the ford in the lowest part of Long Wood above Noss.

 

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 4:58 pm by William Coulson in Other Wildlife

Wrafton pond

Spent a bit of time down at Wrafton pond this afternoon (approx. 1pm).
On the way out, and turning towards Barnstaple on the Tarka trail, a stoat streaked across the path in front of me and into the brambles opposite.

Posted March 27th, 2017 at 3:51 pm by Sam Aston in Other Wildlife

Sunday 26th March 2017

Dunsford

On a day with not much birdlife on offer at Dunsford, it was great to see the Butterflies out with a impressive range of wild flowers to keep me occupied.

Brimstone   Orange Tip
Brimstone                                    Orange Tip

Posted March 26th, 2017 at 8:09 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Saturday 25th March 2017

Dawlish Warren Reserve

Sand crocus now in flower. Snake's Head Fritillary (flower) spotted and 1 Peacock butterfly. Several Drone Flies.

Posted March 25th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Michael Spencer in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Humpback Whale - Start Bay

On the Humpback Whale's one month anniversary of being in Lyme Bay (mostly Start Bay), things took a turn for the worse when the animal was reported to be tangled in static pot gear (one of the ropes leading to the pick up buoys) off Blackpool Sands, from around 10:00.  The fishing boat Maverick stayed with the whale until help arrived from the British Divers Marinelife Rescue with the RNLI. After several attempts they finally managed to cut the rope wrapped around the whale at c17:20, which appeared to swim off fast and free. Fantastic work by these two great charities.

 Humpback Whale tangled in ropeHumpback Whale, rope being cut by BDMLRFreed Humpback Whale being monitored by RNLI

 

In addition to Steve H post, c100 Sand Martin through Slapton Ley

MarineLife reported Bonxie and 2 Puffin on survey further out.

Posted March 22nd, 2017 at 8:44 pm by Mark Darlaston in Other Wildlife

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