Society News from December 2021

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


Devon Birds Records Committee

Posted December 14th, 2021 at 3:54 pm in Volunteering Opportunties by Mike Daniels

After serving as a member of the Committee for six years, Tim Worfolk will be standing down at the end of 2021. Tim has been an active member of the Committee, and his consistently pragmatic approach to assessing records has proved invaluable. The Society would like to thank him for his contribution over the past six years and wish him well in the future. 

Having recently relocated from Lundy to Northern Ireland, Dean Jones has also now left the Committee, his short but very valuable contribution is also much appreciated.

This means that there are now two vacancies on Committee, no formal applications to fill these vacancies have been received. If any members wish to nominate themselves or other Devon Birds members please get in touch with the County Recorder. The Committee would particularly like to hear from female and younger members. 

In addition it was agreed to set up the role of associate member of the Committee, giving less experienced members an opportunity to get involved in, and learn about, the work of DBRC, hopefully encouraging wider participation and leading to a more diverse team. 

For more information and/or an application form please contact: Kevin Rylands, County Recorder, email:

Avian Flu - warning and guidance

Posted December 5th, 2021 at 11:18 am in Surveys by Tony Utting

Some of you may be aware that there have now been confirmed cases of Avian Flu in England, Wales and Scotland.

Guidance has been published by the RSPB regarding what to do if you see a dead bird and this is available via the link below.

Avian Flu Guidance

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