The Harrier

Subtitle: The newsletter of Devon Birds

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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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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