Branch EventsSouth Devon


Field Meetings

Enquiries: Jeff Hacon
Email: jeff.hacon@devonbirds.org

2022

Aug 1516:30 – 19:30PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE. Birdwatching Walk - Sea watching at Berry Head. Leader Mike Langman. Mike is an experienced 'sea watcher' and he will lead the group, supporting the identification of the birds and other wildlife observed from this well-known viewing point. Email Jeff Hacon jeff.hacon@devonbirds.org by 12th August for further details.Map

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Indoor Meetings

Indoor meetings are held on the third Monday of the month throughout the year (excluding April, when the meeting is on 25th April to avoid the Bank Holiday). There are no talks in August or December.

All indoor meetings are held at our NEW spacious venue, the Courtenay Centre in Newton Abbot, TQ12 2QA, which has its own car park and full disability access. There is free overflow parking (after 6pm) in the adjacent Cricketfield Road Car Park if the Centre car park is full.

Meetings start at 7.30pm and last about 2 hours, including a refreshment break. We charge £3 per person for Devon Birds members and £4 for guests/non-members to cover speaker's costs, venue hire and refreshments.

2022

Jul 1819:30 – 21:30Seabirds and other wildlife of Lyme Bay. Speaker: Mike Langman. Mike is a renowned speaker, artist and enthusiastic birdwatcher, whose reputation for seabird identification is well established throughout the south west. Lyme Bay might not have the deep water or continental shelf edge pelagic species but it can offer some very exciting wildlife watching from land and boat. For the globally threatened Balearic Shearwater the bay is of international importance. Mike will talk through the species, identification pointers plus times of year and weather to make the most of any time in the field.Map
Sep 1919:30 – 21:30Insight into breeding birds of the Arctic Circle. Speaker: Dave Scott. Dave is an artist by day, specialising in wildlife art primarily & portrait work. He is a ringer for the BTO, monitoring & ringing a range of birds including Merlins, Ouzels & waders species on the high fells. He also runs a bird rehabilitation centre and is a photography guide for clients in Africa. This talk is based around Dave's journeys into the Arctic tundra from Alaska to Svalbard & breeding birds encountered. Dave specialises in finding nests of these species many of which are rarely seen.Map
Oct 1719:30 – 21:30Scotland's birds, from the Highlands to the Islands. Speakers: Nick & Sara D'Agorne. Nick and Sara are enthusiastic bird and wildlife watchers. They will share with you the wide variety of bird, mammal and other species to be found in June in Scotland; from dive-bombing Arctic Skuas to performing Dolphins.Map
Nov 2119:30 – 21:30The annual cycle of the migratory Wood Warbler, understanding causes of decline. Speaker: Malcolm Burgess. Malcolm is a Principal Conservation Scientist at the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, where he leads a range of mostly field- based projects, including many focusing on declining migratory birds. He will share the results from work by the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science, focusing on Wood Warbler migration and causes of decline, mostly undertaken in Devon. From monitoring nest predators, studying survival through colour marking, revealing migration routes through tracking, establishing habitat use in Africa and more this explores both the species ecology and efforts to diagnose the steep decline.Map

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