The Harrier

Subtitle: The newsletter of Devon Birds

23rd May 2018

Below we have summarised the results of the survey sent out to all the members of Devon Birds on behalf of the Council at the beginning of this year.  The results of this survey were presented to this year’s AGM, and it was thought that it might be useful to share a summary of the responses.  […]

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7th May 2018

Recording▸Cuckoos In order to identify possible Cuckoo strongholds, and inform conservation measures, we first need to build up a good understanding of the current local distributions of Cuckoos. So we would like to collect as many Cuckoo sightings in Devon as possible, from Devon Birds members and the general public, for our live map below. […]

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2nd May 2018

Defra has recently launched a consultation on the future of farming policy in the UK after we leave the European Union.  How the land is farmed is one of the key factors determining how our birdlife and other wildlife fares in the future, so this is a really important issue for those that care about […]

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15th April 2018

Goosanders in the 2017/18 Winter Period Goosanders became rather prominent in Devon last winter, especially with the unusually large number of unusually confiding birds at Stover, which probably gave many people their best-ever views of this impressive duck. A more clandestine operation was the series of synchronised roost counts carried by observers creeping around various […]

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11th April 2018

Alan Pomroy writes: Chris Townend’s assessment of the bird reserves owned or managed by Devon Birds in 2015 recommended that: “All reserves should have realistic, species specific targets for birds breeding, wintering or on passage. Measuring the success of such targets can only be carried out through regular and accurate monitoring.” The current South Milton […]

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26th March 2018

In 2013, a group of wildlife enthusiasts living in and around South Brent decided to carry out a bird survey of their parish. Just over four years later, the South Brent Parish Bird Survey 2014-16 has been completed, and after three annual reports, a summary report and two articles published in Devon Birds, we now […]

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13th March 2018

I regret to say that the meeting planned for a “Walk around Slapton Ley” scheduled for 11th April 2018 has had to be called off. The reason for this is as I suspect many of you will have seen on the news, the coastal road between Strete Gate and Torcross is closed following significant destruction […]

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28th February 2018

The Devon WeBS Report 2016-17 has now been distributed to counters, but if anyone else would like a copy, please email me on peter.p.j.reay@btinternet.com to request a pdf. The report, which used to be published in the Devon Bird Report, covers the WeBS year from July 2016 to June 2017. Some recent additions to the […]

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27th February 2018

Congratulations are due to Jon Turner! In the March edition of Birdwatch magazine, there is a photograph of him in his role of Site Manager of Velator NR together with declaration of him as a runner up in the magazine’s “Birders’ Choice Awards”. In support of this recognition, there is a quote saying of Jon […]

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13th February 2018

Meeting on March 19th has been changed from the Nature of Rhum by Mike Ingram to Birds of Ethiopia by Roger Duggleby. Talk will start at 7.30 at Court Farm Inn, Abbotskerswell. Mike Goss

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