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Branch EventsProgramme & Instructions


Devon Birds and its branches hold a number of meetings throughout the year. These include indoor and outdoor Society and branch events, as well as meetings and events held in association with other groups and organisations.

A complete meetings chart for all branches is shown below.

All Devon members are welcome at any meeting organised by the Society or its branches. Many meetings are free or require only a nominal charge to cover hire costs and refreshments. Non-members are also welcome. Other meetings, such as Council meetings, may be restricted, while some, mostly those held in association with other organisations, may charge an admission fee. Every attempt has been made to make this clear in each entry. If in doubt, please contact the event organiser. Contact details are available in the Programme. An email to info@devonbirds.org will normally bring a quick response from the appropriate officer.

Field meetings may be cancelled in bad weather; if in doubt, please contact the appropriate organiser.

Organisers and leaders of field meetings will take all possible precautions to ensure that the area to be visited is safe and that there are no hazards that could possibly lead to accidents. Where possible, organisers will have walked the route beforehand and will have reported any problems to the appropriate authority. 

Members should have a degree of fitness as the terrain may sometimes be rough and any member with any medical condition which might affect them during the field trip is asked to mention this in confidence to the fieldtrip leader.  For your own comfort and safety if you are joining a walk please make sure that you wear walking boots or stout shoes and check whether a drink and packed lunch is required and don't forget your waterproofs.

Full Programme


Sep 2609:30 – 13:00East Devon FieldMutters Moor, Sidmouth. Meet at Peak Hill car park at SY109872. AM only. Map
Oct 609:30 – 13:00East Devon FieldBlackhole Marsh, Seaton. Meet at car park (through cemetary) at SY248914. AM only. Map
Oct 1710:00 – 14:00Plymouth FieldSoar & Starehole Valley for passage migrants. Meet in the NT car park (near airfield) at SX713375. Leaders: Kev & Jacki Solman Tel: 07812805668Map
Oct 1719:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorScotland's birds, from the Highlands to the Islands. Speakers: Nick & Sara D'Agorne. Nick and Sara are enthusiastic bird and wildlife watchers. They will share with you the wide variety of bird, mammal and other species to be found in June in Scotland; from dive-bombing Arctic Skuas to performing Dolphins.Map
Oct 2210:00 – 14:00Taw & Torridge FieldNortham Burrows and the Skern. Meet at 10 am on the Tip Road. SS449313. Leader: Steve Skirth (steveskirth@gmail.com)Map
Oct 2409:30 – 13:00East Devon FieldEmsworthy Gate Reserve. (Nr Saddle Tor, Dartmoor). Meet at small car park at SX744760 on B3387 (Haytor to Widecombe Road). AM only. Map
Oct 2709:30 – 15:30Mid Devon FieldFernworthy 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 – 14:30Mid Devon FieldDawlish 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 210:30 – 14:00Plymouth FieldWest Charleton Marsh for wetland and wildfowl. Meet in Marsh Lane, West Charleton at SX752426. (Can be very muddy footpath). Leader: John Lloyd Tel: 07811232206Map
Nov 819:30 – 21:00Taw & Torridge IndoorTalk by John Walters, the Secret Life of the Long-tailed TitMap
Nov 1009:30 – 13:00East Devon FieldPowderham Church - Turf. Meet at roadside near church at SX971843. AM only. Map
Nov 1419:30 – 21:45Plymouth IndoorPresentation by Ian Parsons, Seasonality – a personal account of nature through the seasons. Ian is a tour leader and author. The title of the presentation is also the title of his new book. This meeting will start with a brief AGM.Map
Nov 1610:00 – 13:30Mid Devon FieldRoadford 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
Nov 2119:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorThe annual cycle of the migratory Wood Warbler, understanding causes of decline. Speaker: Malcolm Burgess. Malcolm is a Principal Conservation Scientist at the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, where he leads a range of mostly field- based projects, including many focusing on declining migratory birds. He will share the results from work by the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, focusing on Wood Warbler migration and causes of decline, mostly undertaken in Devon. From monitoring nest predators, studying survival through colour marking, revealing migration routes through tracking, establishing habitat use in Africa and more this explores both the species ecology and efforts to diagnose the steep decline.Map
Nov 2809:30 – 13:00East Devon FieldParke, Nr Bovey Tracey. Meet at Nat. Park HQ car park at SX971843. AM only. Map
Nov 2910:00 – 14:30Taw & Torridge FieldFremington Creek. Meet at 10.00 am at Fremington Quay car park. SS517334. Leader: Steve Skirth (steveskirth@gmail.com)Map
Dec 310:00 – 14:00Plymouth FieldSt John's Lake & River Lynher for waders & gulls. Meet on Marine Drive in Torpoint at SX438547. Move to Wacker Quay later for a walk along the Lynher and back to St John's Lake for high water. (Possible muddy walk along the river bank) Leader: Doug Herdson Tel: 01752405155/07910078599Map
Dec 709:00 – 15:30Mid Devon FieldExminster 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
Dec 1308:00 – 15:00Taw & Torridge FieldExe Estuary, BGM, Goat Walk and Powderham. SX971876. Meet at 8am at Barnstaple Leisure Centre car park, car share (parking fee). Tide time dependent. Leader: Kevin Wigley (email@kevinwigley.co.uk)Map
Dec 1319:30 – 21:00Taw & Torridge IndoorTalk by Philip Marlow, African Game Parks are not Just the Big 5Map
Dec 1509:30 – 13:00East Devon FieldEscot Park, Talaton. Meet at car park at SY082981. Map

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