Society News from December 2014

Volunteers: Reed Cutting - South Milton Ley Sunday 11 Jan

Posted December 31st, 2014 at 6:24 pm by George & Julia Harris

SOUTH MILTON RESERVE REED CUTTING
Every couple of years or so, Devon Birds' volunteers cut a hectare or two of the reed bed in South Milton Ley to regenerate growth.  It is expected the reeds will be dry enough to cut and burn by the end of the year and so the reed cut will take place on Sunday 11 January. Our mechanical reed cutter greatly reduces the work
of the volunteers but there is still plenty to be done by hand, gathering and burning the reeds. We plan to start around 9:30 am and have most of the cutting and burning completed by lunchtime.

Please contact  Vic Tucker (01752 216887)  if you are interested in helping with the reed cut this year.
Hope this will be possible. Let me know if you have any queries. Reed Cutting


Happy New Year Everyone

Posted December 31st, 2014 at 6:09 pm by George & Julia Harris

Happy New Year to all our readers.

Thank you to everyone who has sent their records in regularly thoroughout the year it does help spread the load.

However to those who have yet to do so when you've finished all the New Year revelry perhaps you would like to  settle down with a coffee and the last mince pie and write up your records for 2014 and then please send them in to me, Julia  . If you've not sent in records before and would like some guidance please check here or contact me or Steve.  Recording forms, Rarity Forms can also be downloaded here

Hope to start receiving your records soon.

Finally, good birding in 2015!


Happy Christmas to one and all

Posted December 21st, 2014 at 2:23 pm by George & Julia Harris

Just to let you know that the Devon Bird Report for 2013 went into the post on Friday, 19th Dec so hopefully it should be dropping through letterboxes when you read this. 

I wuld like to say a big thank you to Council members, Society Officers, Branches and all our members for another successful and enjoyable year for Devon Birds in 2014.

If you have not been involved so far consider volunteering for the coming year, it can be great fun and you certainly don't have to be a bird "expert", just willing to give some time and join in the fun and good work we try to do.  If you fancy something physical come along and help with the annual reed cutting at South Milton Ley on 11 Jan or speak to Julia   (01822 853785) about other ways of contributing to our charity.

Finally I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.

Robin, Stover Steve Hopper

 If you are reading this and haven't yet signed up to join Devon Birds then you can do so here.

George  (Chairman)

 


Special Christmas Offer: The Birds of Devon by MW Tyler £22 for members

Posted December 8th, 2014 at 11:27 pm by George & Julia Harris

As a special offer for Christmas we have reduced the price of The Birds of Devon by MW Tyler to £22 for members, normal price £25.

Please see our Shop for more information.


Somerset Atlas now available - special offer

Posted December 6th, 2014 at 11:20 pm by George & Julia Harris

The Somerset Ornithological Society (SOS) launched their first ever Atlas the Somerset Atlas of breeding and wintering birds 2007–2012.  The journal-size book, with a casebound cover featuring artwork by our own Mike Langman, runs to 336 pages and provides a fascinating picture of the county's birds and habitats at a time of considerable change; not least the exciting new breeding records from the spectacular Avalon Marshes reserves.

SOS are offering the Atlas to Devon Birds members at a reduced price of £25 plus £4.95 p&p until 31st December, after which the cost will be £35. If you would like to obtain a copy, please print out and complete the order form.


Volunteers for Reed Cutting at South Milton Ley Please

Posted December 6th, 2014 at 11:17 pm by George & Julia Harris

SOUTH MILTON RESERVE REED CUTTING
Every couple of years or so, Devon Birds' volunteers cut a hectare or two of the reed bed in South Milton Ley to regenerate growth.  It is expected the reeds will be dry enough to cut and burn by the end of the year and so the reed cut will take place on Sunday 11 January. Our mechanical reed cutter greatly reduces the work
of the volunteers but there is still plenty to be done by hand, gathering and burning the reeds. We plan to start around 9:30 am and have most of the cutting and burning completed by lunchtime.

Please contact  Vic Tucker (01752 216887)  if you are interested in helping with the reed cut this year.
Hope this will be possible. Let me know if you have any queries. Reed Cutting


Tawny Wood

Posted December 6th, 2014 at 10:02 pm by George & Julia Harris

A working party attended Tawny Wood in East Devon on Saturday 6th December when work was undertaken to clear some of the remaining undergrowth to encourage new growth and to create a more enriched habitat for wildlife.  The day was greatly enhanced by the arrival at mid-day of George and Julia Harris who had travelled from Tavistock to visit this woodland reserve owned by Devon Birds.

Tawny Wood working party 6 Dec 2014 by Jonathan Ruscoe


Cirl Buntings at Broadsands

Posted December 4th, 2014 at 10:12 pm by George & Julia Harris

Please see Mike Langman's updated article on the Cirls' at Broadsands  on our website under Birdwatching / articles

 

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