Bird SightingsPosting Guidelines

This page is intended for the guidance of co-authors of the Devon Bird Sightings blog. If you regularly go birding in Devon, and would like to become a co-author, please email birdnews@devonbirds.org.

We should point out that Devon Bird Sightings is intended to provide news mainly of Devon’s less common avian visitors, rather than more everyday fare. We mention this not to imply elitism, but so that any would-be co-authors can see clearly what Devon Bird Sightings is about, and decide whether that is something they would like to be a part of.

And finally, contributors must register and post using their real name please, not a pseudonym. Thanks.

General Guidelines

Hopefully common sense will prevail, but nevertheless forgive us for stating the obvious in the first bullet point! Also, a few suggestions that might help make a trip to Devon Bird Sightings a more pleasant experience for the visitor.

  • Please do not post news relating to birds that could be harmed by the unscrupulous – vulnerable birds of prey, rare breeders, etc. It’s not rocket science. Please refer to our Rare Breeding Species & Winter Raptor Roosts page for specific guidance in that area.
  • Kindly keep posts brief and to the point, so that visitors don’t have to wade through reams of prose to find the news!
  • Please include the location in the post title – e.g. Seaton Marshes, Dawlish Warren, etc.
  • Please do upload photos if you have any.
  • Feel free to post sightings of interesting wildlife other than birds.

How to Post

There are now two different ways to post as a Co-Author on Devon Bird News. Our advice would be to use the 'Three photos or less' method if your post is purely text, or text and no more than three photos.  If you wish to upload more than three photos, or sound files or video clips, then use the 'Four photos or more' method.

For best results we recommend using the free Mozilla Firefox browser instead of Internet Explorer.  The only caveat is that to cut, copy and paste text you need to press the Ctrl+X keys to cut, Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+V to paste (Mac users Command+X, Command+C, Command+V). 

Three photos or less...

  • Go to the Submit a Blog Post page.
  • Log into your Devon Birds website administrator account by clicking on either 'log into admin' written in blue above the submission form, or the Admin link in the page footer (below the copyright notice). Enter your registered email address and password. 
  • Enter the post title in the Title box - preferably including the location.
  • Click in the large empty box (titled Post Text:) to enter the text for your post. A toolbar then appears at the top of the page containing various buttons for formatting text, inserting images, links, etc – these generally work in a similar way to Microsoft Word and other word processing software.

Adding Photos

  • To find the photo(s) you wish to attach click Browse....  Once you have located the photo on your computer, select it and click Open. The location of the photo will then appear in the white box besides the Browse... button. Please make sure the photos are not more than 1,000 pixels wide or high and no larger than 1MB and in JPEG (.jpg) format.
  • Enter a Caption for the photo(s) in the box provided.
  • Note: Posting this way means any photos will appear at the end of the text. If you wish to add photos amongst the text use the other way of posting (see below).

Submitting Your Post

  • After you have finished entering the text and inserting photos, click the Submit Post button to add your new post to the blog.

Four photos or more...

  • Go to the Devon Bird Sightings page.
  • Log into your Devon Birds website administrator account by clicking on either Co-Author Login in the right hand column, or the Admin link in the page footer (below the copyright notice). Enter your registered email address and password.
  • Click New Post.
  • Enter the location in the Title box and leave the Subject as Devon Bird Sightings.
  • Click in the large empty box to enter the text for your post. A toolbar then appears at the top of the page containing various buttons for formatting text, inserting images, links, etc – these generally work in a similar way to Microsoft Word and other word processing software.
  • Note: If you are pasting text you have previously drafted in Microsoft Word, please click the Paste as Text button (fifth from left on top row of toolbar) to ensure extraneous formatting produced by Word is removed.

Adding Photos

  • To upload one or more photos to include in your post click the Insert/Edit Image icon (second from right on bottom row of toolbar) then click the small icon to the right of the Source box to display the image manager. Click the Upload button (top left), click Local Machine, choose the photo(s) you want to upload and click Open to upload them. Please make sure the photos are not more than 1,000 pixels wide or high and no larger than 1MB and in JPEG (.jpg) format.
  • After uploading, simply click the photo you want to insert and enter the caption in the Image Description box. Then in the Dimensions boxes, enter the width as 500 for landscape format photos or the height as 500 for portrait. Click the OK button to insert your image and set the text alignment to centred (sixth button from left on bottom row of toolbar). Lastly click the image once to select it, and in the Formats drop-down box (far left on second row of toolbar) choose Zoomable.
  • To add a caption under the photo press the Shift+Enter keys to insert a line break, type your caption, then press the Enter key to start a new paragraph.
  • Note: We recommend organising your photos in dated folders within the images manager (e.g. 2012-01, 2012-02, etc). Use the Create button to make new folders.

Adding Sound Files

  • To upload a sound file (e.g. recorded bird call) and attach it to a link so visitors can listen to it, type the link text (e.g. Macaronesian Shearwater Call) then highlight that text and click the Insert/Edit Link button (fifth from right on bottom row of toolbar). Click the small icon to the right of the URL box to display the files manager and upload the sound file in the same way as described above for photos – it must be in MP3 format.
  • After uploading, simply tick the box next to the sound file and click Insert in the bottom right corner. Then in the Target drop-down box choose New Window and click the OK button.
  • Note: We recommend organising your sound files in dated folders within the files manager (e.g. 2012-01, 2012-02, etc) in the same way as described above for photos.

Submitting Your Post

  • After you have finished entering the text and inserting photos and/or sound files for your post, click the Add New Post button to add your new post to the blog.
  • If you need to edit your post, click the Lock Post button, then the Edit Post button. After you have edited your post click the Unlock Post button. To edit your post at a later date, find it within the blog and click its title to view the post on its own page, then the Lock Post and Edit Post buttons will become available.