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

Wednesday 21st June 2017

Dark Green Fritillary

One of 3 Dark Green Fritillaries seen today at Dunsford Woods 

Dark Green Fritillary
Dark Green Fritillary

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 8:03 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

VISITOR FROM FOREIGN CLIMES

A very nervous swallowtail visited our garden in Paignton. Finding nothing in the front garden to its liking, it took itself off over the house to the back garden. Even there it couldn't settle though it did finally land, briefly, (hence the incomplete photo) on the Choisya. For several minutes it flew from our garden over the hedges to those of my neighbors before returning to give us more tantalising glimpses. The lesson learned  (without bragging)I have more flowers in my garden than my neighbors so I felt it would return.

On holiday in the English riviera
On holiday in the English riviera

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 2:19 pm by PHILIP FAIRCLOUGH in Other Wildlife

East & Middle Soar

Two Red-veined Darters at Middle Soar on crop edge inc.one really bright male. Also 2 Golden-ringed Dragonflies on site, first of the year. First Grayling, at Sharp Tor. Birdwise now two pairs of Reed Warblers at Starehole Ponds inc.one feeding young. 200 Rooks on the sileage fields.

Posted June 21st, 2017 at 12:27 pm by Rob Macklin in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 20th June 2017

Bowling Green Marsh

The Great White Egret still this evening on right hand side of main pool in front of reed bed until 18.58pm when it flew low south towards the Clyst Estuary- it seemed to drop but no sign shortly after on a dropping tide from the viewing platform. The sum plum Spotted Redshank showing well to the left of the viewing platform with the Redshank flock . 

See https://twitter.com/markrabailey?lang=en for some distant pics of the Egret 

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 8:10 pm by Mark Bailey in Other Wildlife

Dragons

Those that like their Dragonflies might like to pay a visit to Aylesbere, there was a good showing of Emperors, Skimmers, Chasers and Damselflies by the two ponds.

Emperor Dragonfly
Emperor Dragonfly

Posted June 20th, 2017 at 6:51 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

Monday 19th June 2017

Morte Point

Grey Seals on rocks at Morte Point this morning


Posted June 19th, 2017 at 2:56 pm by Derek Stacey in Other Wildlife

Sunday 18th June 2017

Scarce Chaser Exminster Marshes - on the farmland not reserve

Not a bird sighting but as there were two of these well OFF the RSPB reserve by the ditches alongside the fields I mentioned in an earlier post, cut early by the farmer, I felt it should be recorded.

Scarce Chaser

 

Posted June 18th, 2017 at 8:19 pm by Jo King in Other Wildlife

Berrynarbor

A perfect day for dragonflies in the garden today.

 

Posted June 18th, 2017 at 8:00 pm by Margaret Phillips in Other Wildlife

Friday 16th June 2017

Scarlet Tiger Moths

An excellent showing of Scarlet Tiger Moths (30+) at Staverton this evening. Park in the station car park and take the track past the mill on the south side of the railway.

Posted June 16th, 2017 at 8:03 pm by Douglas Stannard in Other Wildlife

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