The Harrier

Subtitle: The newsletter of Devon Birds

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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18th June 2018

2018 UK Swift Awareness Week, 16-23 June For an event near you look on the Swift Awareness map.  16th – 23rd June 2018 One for your summer diary: the new national ‘2018 UK Swift Awareness Week’, 16 – 23 June 2018 As we count the days until our wonderful Swifts are back in our skies again, […]

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28th May 2018

“Seabirds Count is the 4th breeding seabird census to be conducted in Britain and Ireland. Although data has been collected since 2015, there are still many sites needing to be surveyed. In Devon there are 29 non-urban seabird breeding sites that will need to be surveyed either this season or the 2019 season as set out […]

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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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