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

Saturday 7th July 2018

Occombe Farm NR, Torbay

Early afternoon visit for butterflies. Around the edge of the wood: green veined white-common, meadow brown-common, ringlet-frequent, 1 gatekeeper, 1-2 red admiral, 2 comma, 1 silver washed fritillary, 1 large skipper. Dragonflies at the duckpond included 1 emperor, 2 broad bodied chaser and a bluetailed damselfly.

Posted July 7th, 2018 at 3:25 pm by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Friday 6th July 2018

Bowling Green Marsh

Birding a bit slow this morning, three Mediterranean Gulls and a Common Sandpiper. Saw this leaf cutter bee though and a Hummingbird Hawk moth down the lane.

Posted July 6th, 2018 at 4:28 pm by Simon Bates in Other Wildlife

Thursday 5th July 2018

05-07-18 Barbican Harbour, Seal

This morning in the Barbican Harbour, near the fish market opposite Captain Jaspers, a Grey Seal was showing well.

Posted July 5th, 2018 at 5:09 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Tuesday 3rd July 2018

White Letter Hairstreak, Central Park, Plymouth

Good views this morning of a nectaring white letter hairstreak on creeping thistle in Central Park after 3+seen on 1/7/18 in treetops nearby.


Posted July 3rd, 2018 at 5:45 pm by Stuart Green in Other Wildlife

Monday 2nd July 2018

Hisley Wood NR, Bovey Valley - #2 Here Be Dragons!

Used to seeing Keeled Skimmers on boggy heath or moor but this male was defending a puddle on the main path, next to the river. When a female came along, they got down to business.

 

 

Posted July 2nd, 2018 at 7:25 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

Hisley Wood NR, Bovey Valley - #1 Butterflies

  • Silver-washed Fritillary
  • White Admiral
  • Ringlet

 

          

Posted July 2nd, 2018 at 7:14 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

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