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

Sunday 5th August 2018

Preston Down #2

How many sightings are down to sheer luck, eh? Having dipped on Brown Hairstreak where I'd seen them before I walked dejectedly back to the car. Half way back I was waylaid, trying to photograph a heat fueled  Holly Blue that led me a merry song and dance. Then this stunning female Brown Hairstreak fluttered down just next to me. She commenced to explore the Sloe (their laval food plant) affording me these shots. If I hadn't been delayed by the camera shy Holy Blue, I'd have walked on none-the-wiser!

Posted August 5th, 2018 at 10:20 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

Preston Down #1

A trip to Preston Down today to photograph Butterflies began with this "obliging" Jersey Tiger!

                                     

Posted August 5th, 2018 at 10:08 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

R.Caen

Thanks to Dave Smallshire & Andy Swash field guide to the Damselflies & Dragonflies of Britain & Ireland I was able to identify & sex the Beautiful Demoiselles I photographed on R.Caen this evening.

 

Posted August 5th, 2018 at 9:27 pm by Rob Jutsum in Other Wildlife

Saturday 4th August 2018

Re Roborough Down, 1.8.18

FYI, Re Greg Bradbury's photos of Grayling Butterflies at Roborough Down: the photo of the Butterfly with its wings open, on the left,shows a different species. It is, in fact, a Wall, [or Wall Brown] (the only place I've ever seen Grayling with its wings open is in a field guide!).

Posted August 4th, 2018 at 4:57 pm by Dave Holloway in Other Wildlife

Wednesday 1st August 2018

01-08-18 Roborough Down

In the way of bird life, nothing much at all, the most wildlife that was seen were butterflies, showing well was the Grayling, managed to get one with it's wings open

 

Posted August 1st, 2018 at 4:16 pm by greg bradbury in Other Wildlife

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