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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 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


May 2409:30 – 14:30Mid Devon FieldFernworthy Reservoir. Initially meet at car park (pay & display) SX669839 prior to continuing on to park in layby near hide. Leader Roger JewellMap
May 2409:30 – 15:00Plymouth FieldChallacombe Farm, Dartmoor. Meet at Bennett's Cross car park SX679815 for cuckoo and moorland species. John O'Connell-Davidson - 01752668448.Map
May 3009:30 – 14:30Mid Devon FieldMeeth Quarry and Ash Moor. Interesting site for birds and butterflies. Meet in the DWT car park at Meeth Quarry SS539084. Leader Digby GreenhillMap
Jun 209:00 – 16:00Plymouth FieldHam Wall Reserve, Somerset. Meet at Ham Wall car park BA6 9SX Ashcott Road. Car share to leave at 7.00am at Ivybridge Station Park and Ride PL210DH. For wetland species. Doug Herdson - 01752405155Map
Jun 409:30 – 15:30East Devon FieldVenford Reservoir, Holne. Meet at car park north of dam SX685712. am - pmMap
Jun 9
– Jun 11
Mid Devon Field3 day trip to Dorset. Day 1 - meet at car park, RSPB Radipole, SY674804 for the afternoon. Overnight at Premier Inn, Mercury Road, Weymouth DT3 5HJ (to be booked individually). Day 2 - meet at car park RSPB Arne 9.00am for the day. Overnight at Premier Inn as before. Day 3 - meet at car park Chesil Beach 9.00am, for the Little Tern colony, with 1 hour boat trip on "Fleet Explorer". Travel home pm. Booking essential as maximum of 20 places. Please advise Annabelle Strickland (email: jfajstrickland@outlook.com or tel: 01392439685) to confirm your attendance for Day1 and/or Days 2 & 3. You are welcome to just attend one day if you prefer.Map
Jun 1221:00 – 22:30Plymouth FieldCann Woods. Meet at car park SX547596 for nightjars. Bring a torch. Chris Marcol - 01752341354Map
Jun 1719:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorThe Birds of Extremadura - Peter & Carol LeighMap
Jun 1809:30 – 14:30Mid Devon FieldHollocombe nr Winkleigh EX18 7QE. Woodland and streamside walk. Meet in the latby opposite the former Chapel or Manse at the higher end of the village SS631111. Leader Helen Allin (01837810163)Map
Jun 2209:30 – 15:30East Devon FieldFernworthy Reservoir, Chagford. Meet at clearing near large shed at west end of reservoir (near bird hide) SX660837. am - pmMap
Jun 2321:00 – 22:30Taw & Torridge FieldHartland Forest. Meet at Welsford Moor Forest Track 1 mile south of Baxworthy Cross on A39 SS278208. Leader Roger DobleMap
Jul 221:00 – 22:30East Devon FieldBicton Common for Nightjar evening. Meet at Four Firs car park SY031863. Bring a torchMap
Jul 309:30 – 14:30Mid Devon FieldThrowleigh Common - to include moorland edge, quiet lanes, fields & woodland. Meet in layby SX659914. Leader Mary WallisMap
Jul 1519:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorThe Birds of Coto Donana - Peter & Carol LeighMap
Jul 1609:30 – 15:30East Devon FieldHay Tor. Meet at 2nd (middle) car park SX763769. am - pmMap
Jul 2709:30 – 14:30Mid Devon FieldBelstone - woodland trails to Priestacott and on to the moor at West Cleave/East Okement valley, over Watchet Hill to the River Taw valley and back to Belstone village. Distance about 6km. Meet at Belstone village hall car park SX621938, postcode EX20 1RB. Leader Chris Walpole.Map
Aug 1919:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorUps and downs of a Parish bird survey - Brent BirdersMap
Aug 3108:30 – 15:30Plymouth FieldBoat trip to the Eddystone. Leave from Lockyear Quay, Plymouth at 8.30am. Cost per person £34.00. To book contact Liz Harris - 01752789594Map
Sep 309:30 – 12:30East Devon FieldDawlish Warren. Meet at end of main car park (pay & display) SX980787. am onlyMap
Sep 509:30 – 14:30Plymouth FieldSeaton Wetlands - car parking through Seaton Cemetery SY248914. For wetland species. Car share to leave 7.30am at Ivybridge Park & Ride PL21 0DH. John O'Connell-Davidson - 01752668448Map
Sep 810:00 – 16:30Taw & Torridge FieldTamar Lakes. Meet at Upper Tamar Lake (parking charge) SS288117. Lower Tamar lake at 2.00pmMap
Sep 1009:00 – 14:30Mid Devon FieldHembury Woods. Mature, deciduous woodland. Meet at layby at the edge of the road SX730680. The layby provides access to a track with "P" and picnic area on the map. Leader Annabelle StricklandMap
Sep 1019:30 – 21:30Taw & Torridge IndoorHow to be a Bird Detective - Martin UnwinMap
Sep 1619:30 – 21:45Plymouth IndoorThe Colour of Birds' - Roger Avery, Previous Senior Lecturer in Zoology at Bristol UniversityMap
Sep 1619:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorThe RSPB's work to help breeding Curlew in lowland Somerset - Richard Archer, Senior Conservation Officer, RSPB SW EnglandMap
Sep 1709:30 – 12:30East Devon FieldBeer Head. Meet at end of lane SY224886. am onlyMap
Oct 409:30 – 14:30East Devon FieldExminster Marshes. Meet at RSPB car park SX953872Map
Oct 809:30 – 14:30Mid Devon FieldEmsworthy Mire. Meet at the DWT Reserve car park, off the B3387 on road from Bovey Tracey to Widecombe-in-the-moor SX743774 (TQ13 7TT). Leader Nick ArmstrongMap
Oct 819:30 – 21:30Taw & Torridge IndoorBirding the Inca Trail - Andy SmithMap
Oct 1210:00 – 14:00Plymouth FieldSoar and Starehole Valley. Meet in NT car park (near airfield)SX713375 for passgae migranys. John Lloyd - 01752338415Map
Oct 1709:30 – 12:30East Devon FieldEmsworthy Gate Reserve (Nr Saddle Tor, Dartmoor). Meet at small car park SX744760 on B3387 (Hay Tor to Widecombe road). Am onlyMap
Oct 2010:00 – 16:00Taw & Torridge FieldGreylake & Somerset Levels. Meet at Greylake RSPB ST398347. Moving on to Shapwick/Ham Wall (Ashcott Corner) RSPB new car park ST449397. Charge for non members of RSPB. Bring RSPB membership cardMap
Oct 2119:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorA Guianian Adventure - Birds of Guyana - Ian GasperMap
Oct 2209:30 – 14:30Mid Devon FieldShipley Bridge/Avon Dam. Meet at car park SX680628. Leader Roger JewellMap
Nov 909:30 – 13:30East Devon FieldBlackhole Marsh, Seaton. Meet at Wetland car park (through cemetery) SY248914.Map
Nov 1119:30 – 21:45Plymouth IndoorAGM followed by 'Conserving Cranes and Curlew on the Somerset Levels' - Richard Archer, Senior Conservation Officer RSPB South West EnglandMap
Nov 1219:30 – 21:30Taw & Torridge IndoorBird Ringing on Lundy. History and aims of bird ringing, with some examples of how it is being used in specific studies on Lundy - Chris DeeMap
Nov 1310:00 – 16:00Taw & Torridge FieldFremington Creek & Isley Marsh. Meet at lay by at Muddlebridge SS508324. Followed by Isley Marsh, meet at Power Station lane at 2.00pmMap
Nov 1810:00 – 15:30East Devon FieldHam Wall, Somerset. Meet at large car park (pay & display) ST449396. am - pm. Option to visit RSPB Grey Lake on A361 at ST399346 in afternoonMap
Nov 1819:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorThe Wildlife of Madagascar - a trip to another world - Roger DugglebyMap
Nov 1909:30 – 14:30Mid Devon FieldRoadford Reservoir. Meet at layby near hide SX435930. Leader Digby GreenhillMap
Nov 2210:30 – 13:30Plymouth FieldSouth Efford Marsh (possible muddy footpath to hide). Parking near the hide is very limited, the nearest car park is by the Timbers roundabout Aveton Gifford SX692472. John Lloyd - 01752338415Map
Dec 710:00 – 14:00Plymouth FieldSt John's Lake and River Lynher for waders (possible muddy walk along river). Meet at Wacker Quay SX390550. Doug Herdson - 01752405155Map
Dec 1209:30 – 14:30East Devon FieldWoodbury Castle. Meet at car park SY032872. am only. Followed by indoor meeting - details to be arranged.Map
Dec 1209:30 – 15:30Mid Devon FieldChudleigh Knighton Heath and possibly Hennock. Heathland, woodland and farmland. Meet at Chudleigh Knighton car park SX842775. Followed by Mid Devon Branch Christmas lunch - location to be confirmed. Leader Nick ArmstrongMap
Dec 1510:00 – 15:00Taw & Torridge FieldLeisure Centre to Ashford. Meet at Leisure Centre car park EX31 2AP. Take own lunch or eat in the Garden Centre.Map

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