Branch EventsMid Devon

Field Meetings

Enquiries: Nick Armstrong
Phone: 01363 866860

Meetings are conditional on government guidance in our geographic region regarding outdoor activities in place at the time of the event. Events are subject to cancellation. Please check this page to ensure that the activity is scheduled as planned. Please register for the walks.


Feb 215:00 – 18:00Bursdon Moor, Torridge for possible moorland raptors commonly seen in the late afternoon. Park at the edge of the road by the cattle grid, past Bursdon Moor Cross, at SS265204. Leader: Nick ArmstrongMap
Feb 1509:30 – 15:00Slapton Ley for wildfowl and more. Meet at the side of the A379 at Torcross Chapel, Torcross at SX820422, TQ7 2TG. Bring packed lunch. Leader; Doug HerdsonMap
Mar 1609:30 – 15:00Exminster Marshes. From A379 take Station Road past the Swans Nest Inn and over the hump-backed bridge to the RSPB car park on the right, at SX953871. Bring a packed lunch. Leader: Nick ArmstrongMap
Mar 3109:30 – 14:30Starting at Fatherford on the East Okement river at SX603948, between Okehampton and Belstone. We will walk through Halstock Wood on to east Hill, returning close to the railway line from just east of Okehampton. Meet at the car park. Leader: Chris Walpole.Map
Apr 910:00 – 14:00Devon Birds Easter Holiday Family Event at Meeth Quarry Reserve. Devon Birds and Devon Wildlife Trust will offer two guided walks, one for teenagers and one for young children. We will explore the Reserve and identify the birds. Bring a packed lunch. Morning snacks and cold drinks will be provided. Meet in the DWT car park at Meeth Quarry at SS539084. Leader: Digby GreenhillMap
Apr 1209:00 – 15:00Aylesbeare Common and adjacent woodlands. Meet at Joneys Cross car park, Aylesbeare, off the A3502 opposite RSPB Aylesbeare Reserve, at SY057897. Leader: Tim HubbardMap
May 909:00 – 15:00Venford Reservoir. Meet at Venford Dam car park, the second car park beyond the dam, at SX688708. Morning walk. Leader: Ian GasperMap
May 1209:30 – 14:00East Anstey Common/Whiterocks Down, Exmoor. Moorland and woodland birds. Park on the side of the road south of Whiterocks Down, between Five Cross Ways and Venford, East Anstey Common at SS869290. Bring a packed lunch. Leader: Paul PratleyMap
May 1809:00 – 14:00Meldon Quarry area, meeting at Quarry car park at SX567922. Variable habitat of woodland, river, moorland and quarry. Interesting for the birds, butterflies and bluebells. Pied and Spotted Flycatchers are likely, Cuckoo possible. Leader: Annabelle StricklandMap
May 3109:00 – 14:00Challacombe Farm and Soussons forest. Meet outside the drive to Challacombe farm and park on the grass verge at SX695795. Leader: Roger JewellMap
Jun 909:30 – 15:30Laughter Hole Farm. Open meadowland and woodland birds. Park at the side of the road off B3357 at Dunnabridge Pound Farm, Dartmoor Forest at SX641746. Bring packed lunch. Leader: Helen AllinMap
Jun 2109:30 – 15:30Baronsdown Wood & Wildlife Sanctuary, high above the Exe Valley, just inside West Somerset. A walk through the wood should yield Pied Flycatcher, Redstart, Wood Warbler, Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Garden Warbler, etc. Meet alongside the entrance track at SS937287. Bring a packed lunch. Leader: Paul TillsleyMap
Jul 1018:30 – 22:30An evening walk to see and hear Nightjars in Cookworthy Forest. Also the possibility of Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Kestrel, Crossbill, Siskin, deer etc. Plan on a walk in the general area before settling at a vantage point to view the Nightjars. The entrance to the forest is situated just north of Halwill Junction on the A3079. Meet at the car park and picnic area at SS417016. Leader: John Laws and Nick ArmstrongMap
Sep 2009:30 – 15:30Northam Burrows Country Park, Northam, Bideford. In Northam take Broad Lane to Burrows Lane and enter Northam Burrows Country Park. Park on the side of the road after crossing the small bridge over the Pill at SS451304. Bring packed lunch. Leader: Rich Hudson/Nick ArmstrongMap
Oct 2709:30 – 15:30Fernworthy Reservoir and Plantation. Plan on morning and afternoon walks around the reservoir and forestry plantation. Crossbill, Siskin, Willow Tit possible. Bring packed lunch. Meet at the car park (pay & display) at SX669838. Leader : Helen AllinMap
Nov 209:30 – 14:30Dawlish Warren. Meet at the first car park (pay & display) on the right at the mini rounabout before the tunnel entrance at SX978785. Leader: Nick ArmstrongMap
Nov 1610:00 – 13:30Roadford Resevoir. Meet at the layby near the hide at SX435930. An interesting mix of dabbling and diving ducks, the odd wader or two and the possibility of something unusual. Leader: Digby GreenhillMap
Dec 709:00 – 15:30Exminster Marshes and Mid Devon Branch Christmas Lunch. Expect a mix of waterfowl, waders and other birds. From A379 take Station Road past the Swans Nest Inn and over the hump-backed bridge to the RSPB car park on the right at SX953872. Christmas Lunch will be at the Swans Nest Inn. Leader: Nick Armstrong. Confirmation for lunch must be received by 30th October 2022.Map

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