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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


Feb 2509:30 – 13:30Mid Devon FieldExminster Marshes. From A379 take Station Road past the Swan's Nest Inn and over hump-backed bridge to the RSPB car park, at SX953872. Leader Nick Armstrong.Map
Mar 519:30 – 22:00East Devon IndoorIndoor meeting with speaker(David White-local naturalist and 'Countryfile Calendar' winning photographer. Includes brief business meeting and Branch AGM. To be held at Blue Ball Inn, Sidford.
Mar 1019:30 – 22:00Taw & Torridge IndoorBirding the Silk Road. Speaker: Ian GasperMap
Mar 1110:00 – 14:00Taw & Torridge FieldSkern and Northam Burrows. Meet at Tip Road. 2.00pm at Isley Marsh.Map
Mar 1610:00 – 12:30East Devon FieldBroadsands Beach, Paignton. Meet at beach car park (Pay & Display) at SX896572. AM onlyMap
Mar 1619:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorThe Secret life of Long-tailed Tits. Speaker John WaltersMap
Mar 1709:00 – 13:00Mid Devon FieldSteps Bridge/Dunsford Woods. Riverside walk in the morning. Meet at the car aprk at SX802882. Leader Nick Armstrong.Map
Mar 1709:00 – 14:00Plymouth FieldBowling Green Marsh, Topsham. Meet at Holman Way car park SX968881 for spring migrants. Lead by John O'Connell-Davidson 01752668448Map
Mar 3109:30 – 13:30Mid Devon FieldFatherford on the East Okement River at SX603948, between Okehampton and Belstone. There is parking for a number of cars. Walk through Halstock Wood and up on to East Hill, returning close to the railway line just east of Okehampton. Leader Chris Walpole.Map
Apr 610:00 – 14:30East Devon FieldSwell Wood/West Sedgemoor, Somerset. Meet at car park at ST360238 for heronry and marshes. AM/PMMap
Apr 619:30 – 21:45Plymouth IndoorBird Physiology, Energetics and Migration. Speaker Lucy HawkesMap
Apr 1208:00 – 15:00Taw & Torridge FieldYarner Wood near Bovey Tracey. Meet at Barnstaple old park & ride site at 8.00am (car share)Map
Apr 1409:30 – 14:30Mid Devon FieldBurrator Arboretum and Nature Reserve. Meet in car park SX569689. Circular walk, mixed woodland, moorland and wetland. Bring packed lunch. Leader Helen Allin Map
Apr 1419:30 – 22:00Taw & Torridge IndoorTaw & Torridge AGM followed by "Winter on the Algarve". Speaker Richard BeerMap
Apr 2019:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorA Greek Birding Odyssey. Speakers Nick & Sara D'AgorneMap
Apr 2109:30 – 13:30Mid Devon FieldBudleigh Salterton for a walk along the river, through the fields to the coast path. Meet at the car park (pay & display)in Budleigh Salterton at the mouth of the River Otter at SY073820. Leader Richard Hudson.Map
Apr 2309:30 – 12:30East Devon FieldAylesbeare/Harpford Commons. Meet at Joney's Cross car park (opposite Aylesbeare Common entrance) at SY057897 on A3052. AM onlyMap
Apr 2505:30 – 08:30Mid Devon FieldAnnual dawn chorus walk around Belstone Parish. Meet at Belstone car park at SX621938. (A suggested donation of £2.50 towards the upkeep of Belstone Village Hall. Leader Chris Walpole.Map
May 209:30 – 13:30Mid Devon FieldFernworthy Reservoir. Initially meet at the pay & display car park at SX669839 before continuing to the layby near hide. Leader Roger Jewell.Map
May 308:30 – 12:30South Devon FieldField identification of common birds by song and call. Meet at Yarner Wood top car park at 8.30am. Leaders Nick & Sara D'AgorneMap
May 1010:00 – 14:00Taw & Torridge FieldCloutsham, Exmoor. Meet at Watersplash at SS897431 at 10.00am.Map
May 1109:00 – 14:00Plymouth FieldExminster Marshes for Hobbies & Swifts. Meet at RSPB car park SX954872. Lead by Doug Herdson 01752405155Map
May 1110:00 – 14:20East Devon FieldSoussons Down Plantation. Meet on roadside at 'Ephraims Pinch' near Soussons Farm at SX676785. (Visit Challacombe Farm PM). AM/PM Map
May 1809:00 – 14:00Plymouth FieldVenford Reservoir for woodland migrants SX685712. Car park at west of dam. Lead by Liz Harris 01752789594. (Please Note: very steep walk in and out of valley)Map
May 1819:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorChanges during the life of a wildlife enthusiast. Speaker Dave SmallshireMap
May 1909:00 – 13:00Mid Devon FieldMeldon Quarry area, meet at Quarry Car Park at SX567922. Variable habitat of woodland, river, moorland and quarry. Interesting for the birds, butterflies and bluebells. Possible Pied and Spotted Flycatchers, and Cuckoo. Leader Annabelle Strickland.Map
May 2109:00 – 13:00Mid Devon FieldMeet outside the drive to Challacombe Farm SX695795. Walk to Challacombe Farm and Soussons Forest. Leader Roger Jewell.Map
May 2609:30 – 14:30Plymouth FieldEmsworthy, Dartmoor. Meet at public car park SX742761 for cuckoo and moorland species. Lead by Phil & Jill Stevens 01822613545Map
May 2810:00 – 14:30East Devon FieldHam Wall, Somerset. Meet at the large car park (Pay & Display) at ST449396. AM/PMMap
Jun 109:00 – 12:30Mid Devon FieldVenford Reservoir. Meet at the dam car park (second car park beyond the dam at SX688708. Morning walk. Leader Ian Gasper.Map
Jun 320:45 – 22:30Plymouth FieldCann Woods. Meet at car park SX547596 for Nightjars. Bring a torch and a bat detector if you have one. Lead by Chris Marcol 01752341354Map
Jun 1110:00 – 14:30East Devon FieldVenford Reservoir, Holne. Meet at car park north of dam at SX685712. AM/PMMap
Jun 1519:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorWildlife on the road to nowhere… Birding in the Pantanal. Speaker Jeffery HaconMap
Jun 1609:30 – 13:30Mid Devon FieldBelstone Cleave and Belstone Tor on the north edge of Dartmoor. Meet at the car park in Belstone at SX622938. Possible Cuckoo, Wheatear, Snipe and Ring Ouzel. Leader John Laws.Map
Jun 2910:00 – 14:30East Devon FieldTrendlebere Down - Hisley Woods. Meet at second car park on right of downs (signed as 'Middle' car park) at SX781796. AM/PMMap
Jun 3010:00 – 14:00Mid Devon FieldMeeth Quarry Reserve and Ash Moor. Interesting birds and butterflies. Meet in the DWT car park at Meeth Quarry at SS539084. Leader Digby Greenhill.Map
Jul 1119:00 – 22:30Mid Devon FieldCookworthy Forest. An evening walk to see and hear Nightjars. Plan on a walk in the general area before settling at the vantage point to view the Nightjars. Meet at the car park at SS416017. The entrance to the forest is situated just north of Halwill Junction on the A3079. Leader John Laws.Map
Jul 1310:00 – 14:30Plymouth FieldAylesbeare Common for heathland species including Dartford Warbler and butterflies. Meet at Joney's Cross car park opposite reserve entrance SY056897. Lead by John O'Connell-Davidson 01752668448Map
Jul 1321:00 – 23:00East Devon FieldMutters Moor, Sidmouth for Nightjar walk. Meet at Peak Hill car park at SY109872. Bring torch.Map
Jul 2019:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorBirding in Texas. Speakers Peter & Carol LeighMap
Jul 2920:45 – 22:30Plymouth FieldCann Woods. Meet at car park SX547596. A second date for Nightjars, hopefully with juveniles. Bring a torch and a bat detector if you have one. Lead by Chris Marcol 01752341354Map
Jul 3009:30 – 12:30East Devon FieldBlackhole Marsh, Seaton. Meet at Wetland Car Park (Through cemetery) at SY248914. AM onlyMap
Sep 610:00 – 15:30Taw & Torridge FieldTamar Lakes. Meet at Upper Tamar Lake at SS288117 (charge in top car park, free at bottom).Lower Tamar Lake at 2.00pmMap
Sep 709:30 – 12:30East Devon FieldOtter Estuary. Meet at White Bridge, South Farm Road, Budleigh Salterton at SY076830. AM onlyMap
Sep 819:30 – 22:00Taw & Torridge IndoorSecret life of the Long-tailed Tit. Speaker: John WaltersMap
Sep 1009:30 – 13:30Mid Devon FieldBerry Head National Nature Reserve at TQ5 9AP. Meet at the car park for Berry Head National Nature Reserve, Gillard Road, Brixham (pay & display) at SX940562. Leader Nick Armstrong.Map
Sep 1419:30 – 21:45Plymouth IndoorDartmoor's Secret Nature - a 20 year studyMap
Sep 2119:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorInsight into breeding birds of the Arctic Circle. Speaker Dave ScottMap
Sep 2309:30 – 14:30Plymouth FieldSeaton Wetlands. Car parking through Seaton Cemetery SY248914 nearest post code EX12 2SP. For wetland species. Lead by John O'Connell-Davidson 01752668448. Car share to leave 7.30am at Ivybridge Station Park & Ride PL21 0DHMap
Sep 2409:30 – 12:30East Devon FieldDawlish Warren. Meet at end of main car park (Pay & Display) at SX980787. AM onlyMap
Oct 609:30 – 13:30Mid Devon FieldCrowdy Reservoir and Davidstow Airfield, Cornwall. Meet at the car park for the dam at SX138833. Map
Oct 1110:00 – 16:00Taw & Torridge FieldGreylake & the Somerset Levels. Greylake RSPB Reserve at 10.00am. Then on to Shapwick & Ham Wall (Ashcott Corner). RSPB new car park (charge for non-members). Bring RSPB membership cards.Map
Oct 1210:00 – 14:00Plymouth FieldSoar & Starehole Valley. Meet in NT car park (near airfield) SX713375 for passage migrants. Lead by Jacki & Kev Solman 01752491851Map
Oct 1319:30 – 22:00Taw & Torridge IndoorSouth African Game Parks are not just for Elephants & Lions. Speakers: Philip & Gill MarlowMap
Oct 1910:00 – 14:30East Devon FieldShipley Bridge, Nr South Brent. Meet at car park at SX680628 for walk to Avon Dam. AM/PMMap
Oct 1919:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorBirding the Silk Roads. Speaker Ian GasperMap
Oct 2009:30 – 13:30Mid Devon FieldDawlish Warren. Meet at the first car park (pay & display) on the right at the mini roundabout before the tunnel entrance. At SX978785. Leader Nick Armstrong.Map
Nov 910:00 – 13:00East Devon FieldEmsworthy Gate Reserve (Nr Saddle Tor, Dartmoor). Meet at small car prk at SX744760 on B3387 (Hay Tor to Widecombe road). AM onlyMap
Nov 919:30 – 21:45Plymouth IndoorBranch AGM. Speaker to be confirmedMap
Nov 1010:00 – 13:30Plymouth FieldSouth Efford Marsh. (possible muddy footpath to hide) Parking near the site is very limited. Nearest car park is by the Timbers roundabout Aveton Gifford SX692472. Lead by John Lloyd 01752338415Map
Nov 1019:30 – 22:00Taw & Torridge IndoorTBA. Speaker: Colin HumphreyMap
Nov 1110:00 – 16:00Taw & Torridge FieldFremington Creek & Isley Marsh. Meet at Muddlebridge lay by at 10.00am. Meet at Power Station Lane at 2.00pm for Isley Marsh.Map
Nov 1619:30 – 21:30South Devon IndoorUnderstanding the ecology and decline of the Wood Warbler. Speaker Malcolm BurgessMap
Nov 1710:00 – 13:30Mid Devon FieldRoadfor Reservoir. Meet at layby near hide at SX435930. Interesting mix of dabbling and diving ducks, waders and gulls. Leader Digby Greenhil.Map
Nov 1909:30 – 12:30East Devon FieldExminster Marshes. Meet at RSPB car park at SX953872. AM onlyMap
Dec 809:00 – 14:30Mid Devon FieldFingle Bridge. A walk along the river followed by Mid Devon Branch Christmas Lunch. Meet outside the Fingle Bridge Inn at EX6 6PW. Return for lunch at 12.30pm. Contact Nick Armstrong for information.Map
Dec 819:30 – 22:00Taw & Torridge IndoorAntarctica & South Atlantic Odyssey: seabirds & marine mammalsMap
Dec 1110:00 – 14:00Plymouth FieldSt Johns Lake and River Lynher for waders (possibly muddy walk along river). Meet at Wacker Quay SX390550. Lead by Doug Herdson 01752405155Map
Dec 1310:00 – 15:00Taw & Torridge FieldBarnstaple Leisure Centre to Ashford Garden Centre. Meet at Leisure Centre Car Park at 10.00am. Take your own lunch or eat at garden centre restaurant.Map
Dec 1410:00 – 13:00East Devon FieldNT. Knighteshayes, Tiverton. Meet at first car park signed 'Cricket pitch/parkland' (Pay & Display) at SS956146. AM only. Lunch optional.Map

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