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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 Acrobat 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


Sep 509:30–13:00East Devon FieldAxmouth Harbour, Seaton. Meet at layby at SY253901 near Axmouth Harbour Bridge (RO)Map
Sep 910:00–15:30Taw & Torridge FieldTamar Lakes. Meet at Upper Lake car park SS288117 (charge). Lower lake at 2:00pm. Leader: Norman BridenMap
Sep 1019:30–21:45Plymouth IndoorDartmoor Moorland Bird Project' - Fiona Freshney, RSPB advisorMap
Sep 1109:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldKnightshayes Court, Bolham, Tiverton EX16 7RQ (National Trust)- meet outside the entrance to the National Trust shop. Parking free for NT members otherwise pay & display. Park and woodland birds. Leader Nick ArmstrongMap
Sep 1119:30–21:30Taw & Torridge IndoorColour of Birds - Roger AveryMap
Sep 1609:00–14:00Plymouth FieldDawlish Warren - meet at far end of car park (SX980787) for waders and gulls. Lesley Goonesekera 01548 856011Map
Sep 1719:30–21:30South Devon IndoorBirds of the Inca trail - Andy SmithMap
Sep 2009:30–13:00East Devon FieldOrcombe Point, Exmouth. Meet at east end of sea front at SY018797 (pay and display fee) (JR)Map
Sep 2909:00–13:00Mid Devon FieldPelagic Bird Cruise from Brixham Harbour. Meet at quayside in front of the Optimist(New Fish Quay, Brixham TQ5 8AJ). Use pay & display parking. A 4 hour boat trip led by Nigel Smallbones on board the Optimist. Only 3 seats remaining on the trip. Tickets £28. Email Nick Armstrong to book.Map
Oct 710:00–16:00Taw & Torridge FieldSomerset Levels. Meet at RSPB Greylake Reserve ST398347. Then on to Shapwick/Ham Wall - Ashcott Corner RSPB new car park ST449397. Leader: Norman BridenMap
Oct 919:30–21:30Taw & Torridge IndoorForests & Conservation - Rod LawrenceMap
Oct 1309:30–14:00Plymouth FieldSoar and Starehole Valley - meet in NT car park (near airfield) SX7133375 for passage migrants. Lesley Goonesekera 01548 856011Map
Oct 1519:30–21:30South Devon IndoorBarry Henwood - Natural History of butterflies & moths including their defence strategiesMap
Oct 1609:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldShipley Bridge/Avon Dam - meet at car park SX680628. Packed lunch advisable. Leader Roger JewellMap
Oct 1710:00–14:00East Devon FieldShipley Bridge, Nr South Brent. Meet at car park at SX680628 for walk to Avon Dam (JR)Map
Oct 3009:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldDawlish Warren - meet at far end of car park SX980787. Leader Nick ArmstrongMap
Nov 210:00–14:00East Devon FieldSteart Wetland Reserve, Bridgewater. Meet at car park (toilets) at ST274458 (Post code TA5 2PU) (RS)Map
Nov 1219:30–21:45Plymouth IndoorAGM followed by 'Woodpeckers, Wood Warblers and other recent wildlife highlights' - John Walters, naturalist and photographerMap
Nov 1309:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldRoadford Reservoir - meet at layby near hide SX435930. Leader Digby GreenhillMap
Nov 1319:30–21:30Taw & Torridge IndoorScotland - the more remote WeBs counts - Keith CowiesonMap
Nov 1409:30–13:00East Devon FieldHaldon Forest. Meet at layby at Haldon Gate at SX875859 (nr Haldon Belvedere) (JR)Map
Nov 1509:00–13:00Plymouth FieldSaltram Marsh and Plym Estuary - meet at car park near recycling centre SX505545 for winter waders and woodland birds. John Lloyd 01752 338415Map
Nov 1919:30–21:30South Devon IndoorA talk by John WaltersMap
Nov 2110:00–15:30Taw & Torridge FieldFremington Creek & Isley Marsh. Meet in lay by on Barnstaple - Bideford road. Followed by Isley Marsh at 2.00pm. Leader: Norman BridenMap
Nov 2909:30–13:00East Devon FieldDawlish Warren. Meet at far end of main car park at SX980787 (pay and display fee) (TC)Map
Nov 2919:30–21:30Mid Devon IndoorPhotographic Workshop at the Lamb Inn, Sandford, Nr Crediton EX17 4LW, with Tom Wallis. Learn the techniques to better bird photographyMap
Dec 1119:30–21:30Taw & Torridge IndoorVarious. Members eveningMap
Dec 1309:30–15:00Mid Devon FieldExminster Marshes followed by Christmas lunch. Park at rear of Swan's Nest Inn, Station Road EX6 8DZ. Leader Nick Armstrong. Followed by Christmas Lunch at the Swan's Nest.Map
Dec 1610:00–14:00Taw & Torridge FieldBarnstaple to Ashford Garden Centre. Meet at Barnstaple Leisure Centre car park SS559325. Carry lunch or visit Garden Centre Café where hot food is available. Leader: Norman BridenMap
Dec 1710:30–13:00Plymouth FieldChina Fleet Club - meet at far right car park SX429604 for waders. Liz Harris 01752 789594Map

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