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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 at the bottom of this page, and soon you will also be able to download it in PDF format here. If you do not have a PDF reader you can download a free copy of Adobe Reader.

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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 or in The Harrier. 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


Mar 2709:30–13:00East Devon FieldDawlish Warren. Meet at far end of car park (Pay & Display) SX980787Map
Apr 407:30–12:00Mid Devon FieldSURVEY 1 Hatherleigh Moor 450 acres meet at SS551035 Basset's BridgeMap
Apr 1009:30–13:00East Devon FieldWeston Cliffs. Meet at NT car park SY166889Map
Apr 1019:30–21:30Plymouth IndoorFlightless Birding in Extremadura : John O'Connell-DavidsonMap
Apr 1119:30–21:30Taw & Torridge IndoorDevon Birds and Conservation in General. Speaker - Kevin Cox, Chairman of Devon BirdsMap
Apr 1719:30–21:30South Devon IndoorSurveying Breeding Birds on Dartmoor : Barrie WhitehallMap
Apr 1910:00–15:00Taw & Torridge FieldYarner Wood SX783795. (Car share? - meet at Leisure Centre at 8am) (Norman Briden)Map
Apr 2410:00–14:00Plymouth FieldYarner Wood. Meet at Trendlebere Down 0.3 miles past entrance to Yarner Wood SX784793 (Lesley Goonesekera 01548856011)Map
Apr 2908:00–11:00South Devon FieldDawlish Warren for waders and migrants with Mike Goss. Meet in car park nearest to the visitor centre to allow time to walk out to the hide for high tideMap
Apr 2909:30–13:00East Devon FieldTrendlebere Down-Yarner Woods. Meet at Middle car Park (2nd car park on right) Bovey Tracey to Manaton road SX781796Map
May 209:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldFernworthy Reservoir. Initially meet in car park (pay & display) -SX669839 prior to continuing to park in layby near hide (Roger Jewell)Map
May 1209:30–13:00East Devon FieldSoussons Down plantation-Golden Dagger. Meet at roadside Ephraims Pinch nr Soussons Farm entrance SX676785. Visit Challacombe Farm - pmMap
May 1304:30–07:30Plymouth FieldSaltram Dawn Chorus. Meet at recycling car park SX505545 (John Lloyd 01752338415)Map
May 1408:00–20:00Devon BirdsDay trip to Lundy from Bideford Map
May 1519:30–21:30South Devon IndoorBirds of Darwin and Northern Territories : Nick D'AgorneMap
May 1609:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldThe Old Sludge Beds (DWT Reserve) Exeter-canal & riverside walk. Meet at car park by swing bridge SX940895 (Annabelle Strickland)Map
May 1810:30–15:00Plymouth FieldChallacombe Farm, Dartmoor. Meet at Bennett's Cross SX679815 (Phil Stevens 01822613545)Map
May 2110:00–15:00Taw & Torridge FieldCloutsham Water Splash. Followed by Chetsford Water pm SS897431 (Norman Briden)Map
May 2210:00–15:30East Devon FieldHam Wall, Somerset. Meet at large car park ST449396. Shapwick Heath - pmMap
May 2309:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldThrowleigh Common, to include moorland edge, quiet lanes, fields & woodland. Meet in layby SX659914 (Mary Wallis)Map
May 2814:00–17:00Mid Devon FieldFursdon Bird Day, Cadbury, Nr Thorverton EX5 5JS - volunteers please to Annabelle Strickland. Map
Jun 309:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldBelstone-woodland trails in to West Cleave/East Okement valley, Watchet Hill. Meet at car park-SX621938 (Chris Walpole)Map
Jun 821:00–23:00Plymouth FieldCann Woods. Meet at car park for Nightjars. Bring a torch. SX547596 (Chris Marcol 01752341354)Map
Jun 909:30–13:00East Devon FieldVenford Reservoir, Holne Woods. Meet at dam car park SX685712Map
Jun 1219:30–21:30Plymouth IndoorWalmsley Sanctuary-the Cornish Reserve on the Camel Estuary : Adrian Langdon, Warden and keen photographerMap
Jun 1309:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldChudleigh Knighton Heath. Heathland, woodland & farmland. Meet at Chudleigh Knighton car park SX842775 (Annabelle Strickland)Map
Jun 1919:30–21:30South Devon IndoorDevon Wildlife - Beavers in Devon : Mark ElliottMap
Jun 2409:30–13:00East Devon FieldPowderham Marsh, Exminster. Meet at RSPB car park SX953872Map
Jun 2521:00–23:00Taw & Torridge FieldHartland Forest SS278208 (Roger Doble)Map
Jul 121:15–22:45South Devon FieldBovey Heathfield to see and hear Nightjars. A joint meeting with Brent Birders, led by Phil Dean and Mike Goss. Meet at entrance to Reserve in Dragon Close at the end of Cavalier Road on Heathfield Industrial Estate. Bring a torch. Map
Jul 1021:00–23:00East Devon FieldMutters Moor, Sidmouth. Meet at Peak Hill car park SY109872 for Nightjar walkMap
Jul 1310:30–15:00Plymouth FieldAylesbeare Common. Meet at Joney's Cross car park on opposite side of Reserve entrance SY 056897 (John O'Connell-Davidson 01752668448)Map
Jul 1719:30–21:30South Devon IndoorBirds and Wildlife in Scotland : Pete LeighMap
Jul 1807:30–12:00Mid Devon FieldSURVEY 2 Hatherleigh Moor 450 acres-meet at SS551035 Basset's BridgeMap
Jul 2809:30–13:00East Devon FieldLabrador Bay, Shaldon. Meet at RSPB car park on A379 SX930704Map
Jul 3009:00–12:00Plymouth FieldBrixham Harbour for a 3 hour trip into Lyme Bay. £25 per person. (Phil Stevens 01822613545)Map
Aug 509:00–12:00Plymouth FieldBrixham Harbour for a 3 hour trip into Lyme Bay. £25 per person. (Phil Stevens 01822613545)Map
Aug 1409:30–13:00East Devon FieldBlackhole Marsh, Seaton. Meet at Reserve car park through cemetary SY248914Map
Aug 2119:30–21:30South Devon IndoorGrizzly Encounters : Dave HollowayMap
Sep 509:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldBellever - river, woodland & moorland. Meet at car park (pay & display) SX656773 (Mary Wallis)Map
Sep 809:30–13:00East Devon FieldPowderham Church to Turf. Meet at roadside at church SX971843Map
Sep 1119:30–21:30Plymouth IndoorTBAMap
Sep 1219:30–21:30Taw & Torridge IndoorSomerset Birds and the WWT Steart Marshes. Speaker - Nigel Phillips, Chair Somerset Wildlife Trust Marine Awareness Campaign, SWT Living Coast AmbassadorMap
Sep 1409:30–14:30Plymouth FieldDawlish Warren. Meet at far end of car park SX980787 (Lesley Goonesekera 01548856011)Map
Sep 1710:00–14:30Taw & Torridge FieldTamar Lakes. Meet Upper Lake (charge) SS288117 (Norman Briden)Map
Sep 1809:30–13:00East Devon FieldStantyway Farm, Otterton. Meet at roadside by farm SY089849Map
Sep 1819:30–21:30South Devon IndoorTBA : John WaltersMap
Sep 2607:30–12:00Mid Devon FieldSURVEY 3 Hatherleigh Moor 450 acres-meet at SS551035 Basset's BridgeMap
Oct 909:30–13:00East Devon FieldDawlish Warren. Meet at far end of car park (Pay & Display) SX980787Map
Oct 1019:30–21:30Taw & Torridge IndoorTracking Devon's birds - Spotted & Pied Flycatchers, Wood Warblers and Whinchats. Speaker - Dr Malcolm BurgessMap
Oct 1619:30–21:30South Devon IndoorBirds in India : Ian GasperMap
Oct 1709:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldShipley Bridge & Avon Dam - meet car park SX680628 (Roger Jewell)Map
Oct 1810:00–15:00Taw & Torridge FieldGreylake, meet in car park. Then to Ham Wall & Shapwick ST398347 (Norman Briden)Map
Oct 1909:30–14:30Plymouth FieldSoar & Starehole Valley. Meet in NT car park (near airfield) SX713375 (Lesley Goonesekera 01548856011)Map
Oct 2109:30–13:00East Devon FieldExminster Marshes. Meet at RSPB car park SX953872Map
Nov 1309:30–13:00East Devon FieldExmouth. Meet opposite public conveniences at Imperial Road car park (Pay & Display) SX998810Map
Nov 1319:30–21:30Plymouth IndoorAGM & Tracking Devon's Birds-Spotted & Peid Flycatchers, Wood Warblers and Whinchat : Dr Malcolm Burgess, RSPB Conservation ResearcherMap
Nov 1409:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldRoadford - meet at layby near hide SX435930 (Digby Greenhill)Map
Nov 1419:30–21:30Taw & Torridge IndoorHummingbirds and Birds of Ecuador. Speaker - Ian GasparMap
Nov 1510:00–15:00Taw & Torridge FieldFremington Creek, meet at Muddlebridge. Isley pm SS519325 (Norman Briden)Map
Nov 1810:00–14:30Plymouth FieldTorcross and Slapton Ley. Meet at tank car park SX823422. Don't pay until discussed with leader. (Lesley Goonesekera 01548856011)Map
Nov 2019:30–21:30South Devon IndoorBirds of Prey Rescue : Steve HopperMap
Nov 2409:30–13:00East Devon FieldStover Country Park, Heathfield, Newton Abbot. Meet in car park (Pay & Display) SX831749Map
Dec 507:30–12:00Mid Devon FieldSURVEY 4 Hatherleigh Moor 450 acres-meet at SS551035 Basset's BridgeMap
Dec 912:00–15:00Plymouth FieldChina Fleet Club, lunch in hide. Meet at far right car park SX429604 (Liz Harris 01752789594)Map
Dec 1109:30–15:30East Devon FieldEscot Park, Talaton. Meet at car park SY080979. Walk followed by traditional Christmas lunch, or just lunch if you wish. (Lunch at 12.30pm) Essential to booklunch with Sheila Sherburn by end of November (sheilasherburn@gmail.com)Map
Dec 1210:00–15:30Mid Devon FieldWalk & Christmas lunch - Meldon & Betty Cottles. Meet at reservoir car park SX560918. Lunch bookings to AnnabelleMap
Dec 1219:30–21:30Taw & Torridge IndoorMembers Evening. Short presentations. Quiz.Map
Dec 1310:00–14:00Taw & Torridge FieldBarnstaple to Ashford. Meet at Leisure Centre car park SS559325 (Norman Briden)Map
Dec 1710:00–12:00South Devon FieldA walk at Broadsands with Mike Langman looking for Divers and Grebes on the sea and other species around the car parkMap

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