Society News from January 2015

Taw & Torridge Branch Indoor Meetings - updated

Posted September 2nd at 5:16 pm in Events by Mike Daniels

The Taw & Torridge Branch are restarting Indoor Meetings at the Castle Centre, Barnstaple. Start times are :7.30pm. Details for the remainder of 2022 and beginning of 2023 are:

8th November - John Walters, the Secret Life of the Long-tailed Tit

13th December - Philip Marlow, African Game Parks are not just the Big 5

10th January 2023 - Emma Scotney, An Introduction to Bats

14th February - James Fentom, Plovers of St Helena: A study

14th March - Stephen Powels, Tawny Owls

11th April - Ian Gaspar, Bird behaviour: an illustrated talk


TICKETS FOR LUNDY now available

Posted January 25th, 2015 at 2:46 pm

Lundy Trip 10th May - Tickets now available in the Shop and by Post

(sailing from Ilfracombe this year due to tide times)

Day Trip to LUNDY   Sunday 10h May 2015


Boarding at Ilfracombe from 8.00am    Sailing from Ilfracombe at 8.30am  Returning to Ilfracombe c 8.30pm

Bar and buffet available on board

Everyone is welcome, birdwatchers or those who would just like a peaceful day on this beautiful Island. We also hope to include a sail around the Island to see the seabirds and seals

When purchasing tickets please provide full name and gender of all passengers; this is a steamship requirement

Adults £29, Children (under 16) £16

Buy through the Shop now


Tickets available from:  Mark Humfrey, Morada, St John’s Lane, Barnstaple  EX32 9DD              Tel. No. 01271344556

All applications must be clearly marked ‘Lundy Trip’ and must include a SAE please. Cheques should be made payable to Devon Birds.

Dave Norman

Posted January 15th, 2015 at 8:38 am

Dave Norman

It is with great sadness to inform members of Devon Birds and friends of Dave that he died suddenly yesterday. Dave was a great friend, mentor for many and supporter of the society and will be hugely missed. Our thoughts of course go out to his wife Karen and daughter Emma.

Plymouth Branch Field Trip to South Devon on 10 Jan

Posted January 12th, 2015 at 8:21 pm

A group of nine Devon Bird members found themselves defying the elements at Brixham Breakwater on a fresh but clear Saturday morning. Three Purple Sandpiper had tucked themselves into the lea of the breakwater whilst we fought the keen wind and squalls.  Two Guillemots sheltered amongst the moored yachts.   Both Shag and Cormorant dried themselves on the pontoons, while Turnstone were scampering near the feet of passersby on the quay.   Far out to sea the white of the Gannets transected the white capped waves as they dived for sprats.

A visit to the local restaurant allowed us to avoid the remaining showers as the wind softened.  Some of the group moved onto Broadsands where Cirl Bunting fed near the beach huts of the second car park.  A Yellow-browed Warbler was identified by a patient few whilst two Velvet Scoter, a Great Crested Grebe and a Great Northern Diver were spotted out to sea.

Liz Harris

Broadsands field trip 18 Jan guide Mike Langman

Posted January 8th, 2015 at 6:08 pm

Mike Langman has kindly offered to lead the first Field Trip for the South Devon Group at Torbay. 

This will take place on Sunday, 18 January meet at Broadsands car park at 09.30 to look for Divers and Grebes.  Suitable for all abilities but help will be given with identification etc by Mike Langman.
If you would like further details please contact Bob Bailey, the South Devon Programme Manager, Tel: 01803 605765

Honour for Dave Jenks

Posted January 8th, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Dave Jenks the Society’s former Archivist has been honoured with life membership by the BTO for his loyal support to the Trust over many years. This came about after Dave had to reluctantly give up bird ringing due to ill health.

Members will recollect that Dave carried out most of his bird ringing in his garden in Torquay and had written several papers on his activities in Devon Birds, especially on wintering Blackcaps. This is just one of 14 articles Dave has written for Devon Birds Journal.

With this honour and that bestowed on him by the Society of honorary membership Dave I am sure will be very proud of his ornithological achievements. The Society warmly congratulates him on achieving this new honour.

Dave have also written the book "A History of Devonshire Ornithology"   Available in our Shop – a review of the literature, events and personalities of Devonshire ornithology from prehistoric times to the twentieth century

Mike Tyler

Field Trip to Brixham Harbour Sat 10 Jan

Posted January 7th, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Do join the Plymouth branch on a visit this Saturday, 10 January meet 10am at breakwater car park (chargeable) SX932566.  Starting at Brixham Harbour followed by possible visit to Clennon Valley or Broadsands for divers and grebes.    Bring lunch as meetings may continue into afternoon.

Enquiries to Lesley Goonesekera 01548 856011


Arrangements for REED CUTTING at South Milton 11th Jan

Posted January 5th, 2015 at 10:23 am

It is hoped that reed cutting will go ahead next Sunday 11 January unless there is heavy rain. 

If you have not been before meet at the top of the South West Water lane cSX685425 (TQ7 3JT) where there is parking for several cars and a field can be opened up for extra parking.  Arrive from 9.30-10.00am onwards but if you plan to stay all day bring drinks and packed lunch.  Any queries please contact   Vic Tucker (01752 216887)

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