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Plymouth Branch at Cann Woods

Posted June 22nd at 11:46 am in Plymouth Branch by Tony Utting

Please see the below link for a report on the Plymouth Branch's Nightjar Walk at Cann Woods


Plymouth Nightjar Walk

Volunteers needed for monthly Bird Survey at historic Fursden House near Thorverton

Posted June 12th at 9:17 am in Mid Devon Branch by Tony Utting

Devon bIrds is seeking volunteers to participate in a monthly bird survey of the historic Fursden Estate.

The estate consist of undulating fields, streams and woodlands just two miles from Thorveton in Mid Devon, north of Exeter.

The results of our effort will assist Devon Wildlife Trust (DWT) in formulating and estate wide Biodiversity Action Plan. We plan to undertake the first survey in October 2022. To participate, email Nick Arnstrong before Thursday 30th June at

We are also looking for a team of leaders to help plan the bid count and coordinate and monitor specific areas of habitat during the survey. Please let us know if you would like to take on a leadership role.

Plymouth Group walk at Venford Reservoir

Posted May 28th at 7:01 pm in Plymouth Group walk at Venford Reservoir by Tony Utting

Please use the link below to see a report of the Plymouth Group's walk at Venford reservoir


Plymouth Group walk at Venford Reservoir

Plymouth Group event at Broadsands

Posted May 28th at 6:59 pm in Plymouth Branch by Tony Utting

Please use the link below to see the report of this event held by the Plymouth Branch

Plymouth Group visit to Braodsands

Identifying Birds by Song – A Walk Around Challacombe Down, May 9th, 2022 led by Nick and Sara D’Agorne

Posted May 19th at 8:40 am in South Devon Branch by Chris Wright

The weather was thick fog when the leaders arrived at 8.20am and the car park remained empty, as Nick discovered he had sent out details of a parking area a half mile away, which, due to the fog, was not visible! Fortunately one of the group decided to check with the other car park and discovered their leaders waiting in the gloom. In spite of the poor start the birds went from strength to strength and as the sun started to push through, Cuckoos appeared, calling, flying and generally performing for the group. Whinchats were also singing well and at one point, with Wheatear, Stonechat and Whinchat all in view the difference between their song/call was made far easier.

Willow Warblers were also everywhere, singing their beautiful descending song whilst perching in the Willow canopy. The group continued on the circuit and, after a coffee break, whilst listening to Meadow Pipits a Red Kite appeared over the valley. Then, with Blackcaps singing loudly, the group descended to Challacombe Farm and watched a Buzzard and Sparrowhawk using the same thermal to gain height. Further down the track the Swallows had just arrived and were zooming around the barn. A distant song of a Redstart was pursued with vigour and on the bridge a Garden Warbler was not only heard, but also seen on the branch of a tree. The Redstart was eventually found singing from a stand of conifers.

A pair of active Nuthatches were then observed going in and out of a hole in a tree, before the group moved on across the open moorland valley, scanning the area for birds. They were rewarded by more views of Wheatear, before walking the return route over the Tor and back down to the car park, nearly tripping over another Wheatear on the path.

A good list of 43 species was seen and heard by the group of 8 birders on the day.

Bird List

  • Common Woodpigeon
  • Common Cuckoo
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Eurasian Sparrowhawk
  • Red Kite
  • Common Buzzard
  • Great Spotted Woodpecker
  • Eurasian Green Woodpecker
  • Common Kestrel
  • Common Magpie
  • Carrion Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Coal Tit
  • Great Tit
  • Eurasian Skylark
  • Barn Swallow
  • Willow Warbler
  • Common Chiffchaff
  • Long-tailed Tit
  • Eurasian Blackcap
  • Garden Warbler
  • Common Whitethroat
  • Goldcrest
  • Eurasian Nuthatch
  • Eurasian Wren
  • Mistle Thrush
  • Song Thrush
  • Eurasian Blackbird
  • European Robin
  • Common Redstart
  • Whinchat
  • European Stonechat
  • Northern Wheatear
  • Dunnock
  • House Sparrow
  • Grey Wagtail
  • Pied Wagtail
  • Meadow Pipit
  • Common Chaffinch
  • Common Linnet
  • European Goldfinch
  • Eurasian Siskin
  • Common Reed Bunting

Operation Easter: Fighting against Bird Nesters

Posted April 27th at 9:16 am in Events by Tony Utting

Please see the following details about Operation Easter.

Operation Easter

For further information contact Dr Paul Fitzpatrick

Plymouth Branch trip to Cornwall

Posted April 27th at 9:12 am in Plymouth Branch by Tony Utting

Follow this link to a report of a recent Plymouth Branch trip to Cornwall.

Plymouth Branch Trip to Cornwall

Plymouth Branch meeting Friday 8th April

Posted April 27th at 9:09 am in Plymouth Branch by Tony Utting

Please follow this link to see a report of the Plymouth Branch's recent visit to Topsham, Bowling green Marsh and Exminster Marshes.

Plymouth Branch Meeting 8/4/22

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