The Harrier

Subtitle: The newsletter of Devon Birds

5th January 2019

SOUTH MILTON RESERVE REED CUT – JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019   Each year, Devon Birds’ volunteers cut part of the reed bed in South Milton Ley to regenerate growth.  This year we are planning two cuts on the seaward side of the boardwalk, about halfway between the sewage works and the coast path.  The first cut will […]

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4th December 2018

The petition below has been doing the rounds in ringing circles but is unlikely to reach its target without support from a wider audience. If any members of Devon Birds wish to support it, the contact link is set out below https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/232710 Petition Parliament to ban sale of mist nets except to those with an appropriate […]

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4th December 2018

A Dartmoor Bird Report for 2017 has been compiled by Peter Reay and Fiona Freshney.  Part of this will be published in the 2017 Devon Bird Report, but the full version is available now on the Devon Birds website https://www.devonbirds.org/birdwatching/articles/dartmoor_bird_reports. The report reviews 14 surveys and projects as well as the 146 species recorded during […]

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2nd December 2018

The Council of Devon Birds has decided to hold this sale following five very successful Photographic Exhibitions across the County of photographs taken by Devonians in Devon. This decision was taken after obtaining permission to do so from the photographers who captured these wonderful shots of birds in their natural environment. Apart from five large […]

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7th November 2018

This startling image was taken by Roy Churchill in his Barnstaple garden on the afternoon of the 5th of November.  What amazed Roy was that the Starling somehow got free after it had been in the hawk’s clutches for several minutes.  A wonderful story, and a great photograph!

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6th November 2018

Volunteering for Devon Birds The Survey on Membership satisfaction with Devon Birds, conducted earlier this year indicated that there was a willingness on behalf of a good number of members to help with voluntary support in the day to day needs of Devon Birds.  Some of this help was very specifically limited to branch level […]

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6th November 2018

The meeting of Devon Birds Council at the end of October covered a range of issues including decisions to continue giving funding support for next year to support ongoing research projects related to Spotted Flycatchers, and Wood Warblers in 2019.  This support is in conjunction with the RSPB in both instances and reflects the importance […]

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2nd October 2018

This is an advance notice about the upcoming Willow Tit Day which is being held on Thursday 15 November 2018, 10am – 3.30pm at Parke, Bovey Tracey. Devon Wildlife Trust and partners Devon Birds, RSPB and Devon Biodiversity Record Centre have organised the day to celebrate one of our most threatened birds, the willow tit, […]

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14th August 2018

The scheme to make repairs and improvements to the bird hide at West Charleton Marsh has recently been completed and has had good coverage in the local press.  The work entailed replacing the decking on the boardwalk and the steps leading up to the hide which had become dangerous.  Within the funds available it has […]

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26th July 2018

The BTO is running another complementary pair of Tawny Owl surveys over 2018/2019 and would welcome the help of volunteers.   Firstly, from mid-August to mid-October they will be running a structured survey based on those carried out in 1989 and 2005 called the Tawny Owl Point Survey (TOPS). For this you choose a tetrad […]

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