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Mid Devon Social Evening and Annual Draw - Wednesday 8th November 2017

Posted September 18th at 11:27 am by Mike Daniels

The Mid Devon Branch is holding a Social Evening on Wednesday 8th November 2017 at Waterbridge Golf Club, near Crediton EX17 5LG, starting at 7pm.

The evening will consist of an interactive talk by Mike Langman titled 'Better Birding'. (Learn how to improve your own birding skills whether you are a beginner or old hand at birdwatching. Mike will investigate all the attributes that makes a successful birdwatcher, with a few fun group activities along the way).

The talk will be followed by a finger buffet. There is no charge for the evening but donations would be gratefully received.

Annabelle Strickland and Nick Armstrong are interested in forming a Branch Committee to take Mid Devon forward into the future, and will be interested to speak to anyone during the evening, who is interested in helping or getting involved.

During the evening the winning tickets in the Devon Birds Annual Draw will be drawn. Please send your completed counterfoils and money to the Secretary.

In order to assist with catering arrangements it would be appreciated if everyone who is planning to attend the evening would inform the Secretary or Annabelle Strickland in advance.

Roadford Reservoir WeBS counters wanted

Posted August 21st at 12:33 am by Kevin Cox

The WeBS (Wetland Birds Survey) counts are done every month and take between one and two hours. We normally meet at 8.30am on a Sunday (occasionally on other weekdays) at the main dam car park and decide who is counting which section of the reservoir. At the end of the count we all meet up in the Devon Birds hide at the top (north) end of the reservoir to total up the count and enter it in the book, and have a coffee! Obviously, for one reason or another, people are not able to count every month, which is why we have a team of counters.

These counts have been carried out nationally since 1947 and are coordinated through the BTO, WWT and RSPB. All our data is entered online to the WeBS database, and it is all used for conservation and research purposes.

For various reasons we need a counter fairly soon if possible, since it takes a few visits for someone to become familiar with the different sections of the reservoir. If anyone is interested, I would stress that we do help people who may not be familiar with all of the wildfowl we may get here. It does help to bring a telescope as well as binoculars, but this is not essential to start with. We also don't expect volunteers to turn up every month!

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