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

Tuesday 31st July 2018

Underneath a Tiger!

Came down this morning to find this Jersey Tiger on the patio door window so got this unusual shot. Then this afternoon got a first for the garden when this Wall Brown flew past me, found the only stone next to the back lawn and perched up just long enough to get my first and only shot of this species, before disappearing over the back hedge.

                            Jerser Tiger                                                              Wall Brown

Posted July 31st, 2018 at 6:55 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

Monday 30th July 2018

Rob Jutsum's bush cricket, Saturday

Rob Jutsum's bush crcket reported here on Saturday is a female Dark Bush Cricket. Grey Bush Cricket has long wings - in Dark Bush Cricket the wings are very short (male) or vestigial (female).

Posted July 30th, 2018 at 11:03 am by Chris Proctor in Other Wildlife

Sunday 29th July 2018

Hummingbird Hawk Moth 28.07.18

First sighting of a Hummingbird Hawk Moth this year. A fly through of our garden in Plymstock.

Posted July 29th, 2018 at 8:45 am by Graham Devine in Other Wildlife

Saturday 28th July 2018

Home Garden

Photo taken during last week of June showing larvae of the (please correct me if my identification is wrong as this is a first for me) 2 spot Ladybird on the leaf of the weeping willow tree.


Posted July 28th, 2018 at 2:50 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Home garden

This female Grey Bush - Cricket leapt in through the front door this morning probably to escape the showers, thunder & lightning  After capture released it straight away on the front lawn!

In my Collins Pocket Guide to Insects of Britain & Western Europe it says 'one of several very similar species, often difficult to separate'.


Posted July 28th, 2018 at 12:44 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Friday 27th July 2018

27-07-18 Roborough Down

Nothing much on the down today, the usual suspects, Linnets, Yellowhammers, Stonechats, in the way of other wildlife I came across some Greyling Butterflies, one having a battle with an ant (as seen in the photo), hence the ant won and the Greyling flew off.

   

Posted July 27th, 2018 at 2:34 pm by Greg Bradbury in Other Wildlife

Dolphins in Torbay

Large pod of dolphins ( estimated at 50 + ) heading into Torbay from East of Thatcher Rock, 07.30 this morning.

Posted July 27th, 2018 at 7:39 am by Cliff Parrott in Other Wildlife

Thursday 26th July 2018

Soar & South Efford Marsh

Seventeen species of butterflies today with Grayling and 8+ Small Pearl-bordered Fritillaries the highlights at Soar. Also several Willow Warblers, Sedge Warbler, 2 juv Bullfinches & c20 Whitethroats there.

South Efford Marsh produced 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Greenshanks & c25 Curlews.

Posted July 26th, 2018 at 8:30 pm by Pete Aley in Other Wildlife

Monday 23rd July 2018

Lyme Bay - yesterday

Further to Nigel's posting about yesterday's boat trip, here is a photo of the Sunfish.Sunfish

Posted July 23rd, 2018 at 4:27 pm by Richard Swinbank in Other Wildlife

Sunday 22nd July 2018

Holly Blue

Holly Blue butterfly.  Rare for my garden, usually too fast to photograph.

  

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 1:10 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

Bicton Park, East Devon

damselflies.  No dragonflies sighted but very many common blue damselflies mating and egg laying

Posted July 22nd, 2018 at 1:06 pm by Rob Jerrard in Other Wildlife

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