Devon Birds

Dedicated to the study and conservation of wild birds in Devon since 1928

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Our Flock

Devon Birds welcomes members from all walks of life and all levels of interest in the Birds of Devon. So whether you are an academic looking for research opportunities and information, or you just want to know what bird is singing in your garden, there is something here for you

Devon Bird Sightings

7 Dec
8:13 pm

Bowling Green Marsh

An hour’s viewing this afternoon produced 1 Pochard, 5+ Tufted, 10 Greylags, 20+ Gadwall, 100+ Pintail, 400+ Avocets, 40 Redshanks, 25 Lapwings,…Read More
posted by James Camden
7 Dec
7:52 pm
Tarka path around the Pottington area +1 Photo

Tarka path around the Pottington area

Yesterday lunchtime while walking along the Tarka path from Barnstaple to Ashford I spotted – dozens of Lapwing, Dunlin  a few Black-tailed God…Read More
posted by Martin Bennett
7 Dec
7:32 pm
Ilfracombe +1 Photo


Ilfracombe Pier. Cheyne rocks. Cattle Egret on the rocks behind Lantern hill a first for me from Combe. Iceland Gull, 1st winter off the outer harbo…Read More
posted by Martin Thorne
7 Dec
2:19 pm

Tamar Lakes

Lower Tamar Lake this morning. 5 Lesser Scaup 3m 2f, 32 Goosander 9m 23f, 3 Willow Tit, 1 Marsh Tit, 1 Nuthatch, 2 Tufted Duck 1m 1f, 1 Grey Heron, 4 …Read More
posted by Rod Mudge
6 Dec
6:12 pm
Cholwichtown Pit, Dartmoor

Cholwichtown Pit, Dartmoor

Woodcock, female Goldeneye, 3 Marsh Tit, 2 Teal, 6 Tufted Duck and 5 Little Grebe.
posted by Chris E
6 Dec
5:25 pm

Velator reserve

As I crossed the field to the reserve this morning the Redshank flew about and landed on a puddle in the middle of the track! In the reserve, fewer Fi…Read More
posted by Jon Turner
6 Dec
4:12 pm

Fremington to Barnstaple along Tarka Trail Tuesday 5th December

2 Glossy Ibis; Greenshank; Redshank; 2 Snipe; Little Egret;Cattle Egret; Great White Egret; Black-Tailed Godwit; possible Grey Plover; Teal; Curlew; G…Read More
posted by David Shadwell

Membership Benefits

Joining Devon Birds means that you get our quarterly updates and a copy of the Devon Bird Report free.

You also get the opportunity to meet like minded people at our branch meetings, but most importantly you help us to support important projects that aid the protection of Birds in Devon and provide funding for both research and the maintenance and up keep of our reserves.

As everybody at Devon Birds is a volunteer, all of the money we receive goes towards these aims

Cirl Bunting Mike Langman

Avian Flu

Unfortunately, AVIAN FLU is still an issue across the UK and the following instructions should be followed when it is suspected

Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.

Call the DEFRA helpline on 03459 335577 if you find:

  • one or more dead bird of prey or owl
  • 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
  • 5 or more dead birds of any species


Planning Applications

Devon Birds is regularly asked to become involved in planning applications across the county. These are assessed by the Executive Committee as they arise.

Planning law is complex and challenging with the government rules undoubtedly favouring development.

We will, however, take a robust attitude to planning matters where we can provide evidence that a development would significantly impact protected species, wintering or breeding habitats, or roosting sites and we will respond as appropriate. We will work closely with other agencies, such as the Devon Wildlife Trust.

To maintain credibility, DB will only challenge plans which have a clear and substantialimpact on the county’s bird populations. We will not be able to challenge every application which takes away another green field site – unfortunate though that may be for local birds and wildlife. We need to base our approach on our ability to sustain and support an objection through to an enquiry.

If you are aware of an application which you think may have a serious negative impact on Devon’s bird population, please get in touch with our Secretary.


Planning thresholds for Devon Birds engagement:

1. SPA/SACs for birds (Exe, Tamar, Dartmoor)
2. SSSIs with key RDB species (Taw/Torridge)
3. 2% rule – would if affect more than 2% of the Devon RDB breeding, wintering or roosting population.

An example of the last might be willow tit – Devon popn calculated from last atlas, and Tyler, could be 100-150 prs so the threshold would be 2-3 pairs to trigger our intervention.

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