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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


Jun 309:00–14:00Mid Devon FieldRothamstead Research Centre - meet at visitor's car park at North Wyke Research Station (SX660983). Learn about the facility's contribution to agricultural science, surrounding bird life and significance of the buildings and park. Leader Jerry TallowinMap
Jun 309:00–16:00Plymouth FieldHam Wall Reserve, Somerset - meet at Ham Wall car park, Ashcott Road BA6 9SX. Car share to leave at 7.00am at Ivybridge Station Park and Ride PL21 0DH (SX648562). For wetland species. £3pp for use of guides. Douglas Herdson 01752 405155 Map
Jun 609:30–13:00East Devon FieldVenford Reservoir, Hone. Meet at car park north of dam at SX685712 (JR)Map
Jun 1119:30–21:45Plymouth IndoorBirds, conflict, climate change and atmospheric pollution on Dartmoor' - Adrian Colston, PhD student, previously NT and Wildlife Trust ManagerMap
Jun 1721:00–23:00Taw & Torridge FieldHartland Forest for Nightjars. Meet at Welsford Moor forest track SS278208, 1 mile south of Baxworthy Cross on A39. Leader: Roger DobleMap
Jun 1819:30–21:30South Devon IndoorRoger Dugglesby - The Birds of EthiopiaMap
Jun 1909:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldWitheridge Moor - a private estate with some interesting breeding birds and butterflies. Guest leader Roger Crouch. This trip is limited to no more than 15 people. Please email Nick Armstrong to confirm attendanceMap
Jun 2109:30–13:00East Devon FieldFour Firs, Bicton Common. Meet at car park at SY031863 (JR)Map
Jun 2521:00–22:30Plymouth FieldCann Woods meet at car park SX547596 for Nightjars. Bring a torch. Chris Marcol 01752 341354Map
Jun 3021:15–22:45South Devon FieldBovey Heathfield to see and hear Nightjars. A joint meeting with Brent Birders. Meet by the Reserve entrance in Dragon Close (end of Cavalier Road on the Heathfield Ind Estate). Please bring a torch.Map
Jul 309:30–14:00Mid Devon FieldThrowleigh Common - meet in layby SX659914. To include moorland edge, quiet lanes, fields and woodland. Packed lunch advisable. Leader Mary WallisMap
Jul 1021:00–23:00East Devon FieldMutters Moor, Sidmouth. Meet at Peak Hill car park at SY109872 for Nightjar walk, bring torch (RS)Map
Jul 1408:30–12:00Plymouth FieldBoat trip from Plymouth, Lockyer Quay, The Barbican. £25pp, 10 places available. Liz Harris 01752 789594, elizmharris@yahoo.comMap
Jul 1412:30–16:00Plymouth FieldBoat trip from Plymouth, Lockyer Quay, The Barbican. £25pp, 10 places available. Liz Harris 01752 789594, elizmharris@yahoo.comMap
Jul 1619:30–21:30South Devon Indoor8 days in Trinidad - a birding and wildlife extravaganza - Peter & Carol LeighMap
Jul 1910:00–14:00East Devon FieldBerry Head, Brixham. Meet at car park at SX940561 (pay and display) (GG)Map
Jul 2809:30–14:30Mid Devon FieldBelstone - meet at Belstone village hall car park SX621938. 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, about 6km. Packed lunch advisable. Leader Chris WalpoleMap
Aug 2019:30–21:30South Devon IndoorWeBs wonders and a Goosander gander - Peter ReayMap
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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