Society News

Plymouth Branch Outdoor Meeting at Slapton Ley - Friday 12th November 2021

Posted November 15th at 5:04 pm in Events by Mike Daniels

A group of 26 members of Devon Birds met at 9am at Slapton Bridge in dry but cloudy and blustery conditions. 

We firstly checked the beach by the memorial car park as there have been regular sightings of Snow Bunting there over the last two weeks. Though one committee member had a sighting, the birds flew and only a few attendees were lucky to see them. We decided after some time awaiting a return of the birds to go back to the Ley and then to re-check the beach later on at the end of the meeting.

The group divided and, led by Plymouth Branch committee members, we followed the "Family trail" that skirts the perimeter of the Ley and affords good views of the water birds, stopping for prolonged watching at the Ireland Bay viewing platform, the quarry dell and the hide overlooking the Wet Woodland.

Upon our return to the beach area at 1.30pm we had excellent prolonged views of firstly one male Snow Bunting and then a female joined the male and again gave all superb views whilst they were feeding on weed and grass seeds.

In total we recorded 50 sightings and 2 'heard' (Water Rail and Cetti's Warbler) species listed below:

Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Pheasant, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Mallard, Gadwall, Wigeon, Tufted Duck, Gannet, Cormorant, Shag, Grey Heron, Buzzard, Kestrel, Peregrine, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Snipe, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Green Woodpecker, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Pied wagtail, Dunnock, Robin, Stonechat, Cetti's warbler, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, Firecrest, Wren, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, Jackdaw, Magpie, Rook, Carrion Crow, Raven, Starling, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Greenfinch, Snow Bunting.

Leader: John Lloyd

Devon Birds Facebook Page Update

Posted November 4th at 9:02 am in Publications by Tony Utting

Unfortunately we have had some teething problems with the facebook page since we launched it and its has now become unusable.

Today the page will be deleted and then re-set up as a new page.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Hopefully the new page will works as it should..

Coach trip to Slimbridge

Posted November 2nd at 10:42 am in Events by Tony Utting

The Taw and Exmoor Branch of the British Naturalists Association has organised a coach trip to Slimbridge on Sunday December 5th.

The coach leaves Bideford Quay at 8 am and pics up en route to Barnstaple. Other pickup points Like South Milton or Knowstone Cross by appointment.

The coach cost is only £15 and leaves Slimbridge at 4.30pm.

Reservations and further information from Brian Sims on 01271 343607.

Devon Birds members are very welcome. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.

Devon Birds Newsletter

Posted October 28th at 7:41 pm in Publications by Tony Utting

Please find a link below to the second edition of Devon Birds newsletter, which includes news of our support for the Barn Owl Trust and a plea for volunteers to help with some surveys and for photographs of the reserves we visit.


newsletter issue 2

Mid Devon Branch AGM

Posted October 27th at 11:15 pm in Meetings by Mike Daniels

The Mid Devon Branch AGM will be held on Wednesday 17th November 2021 at 7pm at The Boniface Centre, Church Lane Crediton. The Boniface Centre is 50 yards east and adjacent to Crediton's parish church. Post Code EX17 2AH. Parking is available behind the church.

Plymouth branch at Seaton Wetlands

Posted October 21st at 8:20 pm in Plymouth Branch by Tony Utting

Plymouth Branch recently held a visit to Seaton Wetlands. Download the review using the following link.

Plymouth Branch at Seaton Wetlands

Plymouth branch walk

Posted October 21st at 8:18 pm in Plymouth Branch by Tony Utting

Plymouth Branch recently held an event. Read about it using the link below to download the review.

Plymouth Branch meeting SOAR

Volunteer WeBS (Wetland Bird Survey) counters needed

Posted October 5th at 12:20 pm in Surveys by Tony Utting

One or two WeBS Counters are needed to assist with counts on the river Dart.

The immediate need is for someone to cover Stoke Gabriel Millpond and the main estuary from Duncannon to Sandridge. These could be covered by one or two people.

You can find out more by downloading this document: Request for WeBS counters on the River Dart

If you want to get involved, please contact Peter Reay, (WeBS Local Organiser for Devon (except Taw and Torridge Tamar Estuaries).

Help needed

Posted September 17th at 1:10 pm in Surveys by Tony Utting

If you think you might be able to help with a bird survey in South Tawton during 2022, please click the link to download a file with more information.

South Tawton Bird Survey 2022

Devon Birds Newsletter

Posted August 30th at 1:13 pm in Publications by Tony Utting

Bird Citizen Science Project

Posted August 19th at 4:33 pm in Surveys by Mike Daniels

Devon Birds has been notified about a Citizen Science Project that has been launched, where volunteers can submit observations of birds foraging in either human or natural resources.

The first aim of the project is to study how commonly different species in different areas of the UK eat human foods and litter instead of "natural" food like worms and insects. The second aim is to engage more people in birdwatching: a common barrier is that most citizen science projects require bird ID skills, so this study has been designed in a way that no previous knowledge on birds is required. The hope is that this will help to engage more people with nature and birds, especially young people.

Go to:

The study will be open until 26th August and volunteers can participate as many times as they like.

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