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

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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 29th March 2018

Axmouth dead birds

(In reply to the post below.) As many are experiencing in the field, larger numbers of dead birds are being found recently, following the poor weather conditions. Having died of natural causes, the heads are often of interest to skull collectors who are perfectly within their rights to further their collections and knowledge. Such collections will ultimately end up adding to natural history collections and in the meantime are put to excellent use in identifying mystery skulls the public may find. Some of the best young naturalists I know are building perfectly-catalogued collections and have huge passion for the birds they're studying.

When a ringed bird is found on the strandline, similarly the ring is often retrieved by cutting through the tarsus or tibia, again perfectly legal when performed on a naturally dead bird. I can't speak for certainty on the Axmouth birds, but I hazard a guess these birds were ringed birds, whose rings were removed as well as the heads for skull collections.

While I agree the remains should be left available to scavengers, I'd personally prefer if collectors would leave remains in more natural layout in secluded places as opposed to unnatural rows in public places.

Posted March 29th, 2018 at 10:32 pm by Lowell Mills in Other Wildlife

Sunday 25th March 2018

Yarner Butterflies

First Butterflies for me today with Comma and a few Brimstones around Yarner Woods, the warm weather has brought them out of hibernation.

Comma
Comma

Posted March 25th, 2018 at 5:54 pm by Simon Thurgood in Other Wildlife

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