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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


Sep 2009:30 – 12:30East Devon FieldBeer Head. Meet at end of the lane at SY224886.Map
Oct 410:00 – 14:00Plymouth FieldSoar and Starehole Valley for passage migrants. Meet in NT car park near airfield (SX713375). This NT car park asks non-members to pay £3 parking fee by phone. NT members free parking providing that they show a current car sticker. Leaders Jacki and Kev Solman. Mobile: 07812 805668.Map
Oct 609:30 – 14:30Mid Devon FieldCrowdy Reservoir and Davidstow Airfield in Cornwall. Meet at the car park for the dam at postcode PL32 9XJ, SX138833. Bring lunch. Leader Charles Travis.Map
Oct 709:30 – 12:30East Devon FieldBlackhole Marsh, Seaton. Meet at car park (through cemetery) at SY248914.Map
Oct 2109:30 – 12:30East Devon FieldEmsworthy Gate Reserve (nr Saddle Tor, Dartmoor). Meet at small car park at SX744760 on B3387 (Hay Tor to Widecombe Road).Map
Oct 2609:30 – 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 to be advised.Map
Nov 809:30 – 12:30East Devon FieldPowderham Church – Turf. Meet at roadside near church at SX971843.Map
Nov 1209:00 – 14:00Plymouth FieldSlapton Ley for wildfowl, wetlands and seawatch. Meet on Slapton Ley Bridge (SX828443) Sands Road. Leader John Lloyd. Mobile: 07811 232206.Map
Nov 1508:30 – 12:30South Devon FieldDawlish Warren. Meet at the far end of the main car park under the bridge. Leaders Sara & Nick D'Agorne. Anyone wishing to take part should contact Jeff Hacon (email: jeff.hacon@devonbirds.org) by 12th NovemberMap
Nov 1610:00 – 14:00Mid Devon FieldRoadford Reservoir. Meet at layby near hide at SX435930. An interesting mix of dabbling and diving ducks, the odd wader or two and the possibility of something unusual. Leader Digby Greenhill.Map
Dec 209:30 – 12:30East Devon FieldEscot Park, Talaton. Meet at car park at SY080979.Map
Dec 209:30 – 13:30Mid Devon FieldMoland Common, near the village of Molland, South Molton, West Exmoor. Winter raptors and fine walking country. Meet at the London Inn, next to the church in Molland, EX36 3NG. Grid ref: SS807283. We will then drive on and walk the common for the morning. Leader Nick ArmstrongMap
Dec 1309:00 – 13:00South Devon FieldExminster Marshes. Meet at the RSPB car park just over the bridge. Leaders Sara & Nick D'Agorne. Anyone wishing to take part should contact Jeff Hacon (email: jeff.hacon@devonbirds.org) by 10th DecemberMap
Dec 1410:00 – 14:00Plymouth FieldSt Johns Lake and River Lynher for waders and gulls. Meet on Marine Drive in Torpoint (SX438547). Move to Wacker Quay later for walk along the Lynher and back to St Johns Lake for the high water. (Possibly muddy walk along river bank). Leader Doug Herdson. Mobile: 07910 078599.Map

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