The Harrier

Subtitle: The newsletter of Devon Birds

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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13th February 2018

Bounties on birds King Henry V111 passed some wildlife legislation in 1532 that encouraged the killing of nuisance birds for a payment, a bounty. This state of affairs continued into the 20th century. It is uncertain what effect it had on populations but there was some shrewd thinking where birds were taken after breeding so […]

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13th February 2018

Dartmoor Ring ouzels 2018 March is fast approaching and our local population of ring ouzel will be returning from the Atlas Mountains soon, usually appearing on Dartmoor later that month. Survey last year revealed only 6 pairs (optimistically 7, but unproven) with the gradual decline from about 11 pairs in 2010 continuing. This year there […]

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13th February 2018

2018 is the 90th anniversary of the founding of the British Trust for Ornithology’s national Heronries Census.  All known occupied heronries in Devon will be monitored as usual by our team of observers, but the BTO are also requesting an extra effort to locate any other occupied colonies which may have been overlooked.  (“Heronries” includes […]

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30th December 2017

Now is the time to send in your records for 2017 so that they can appear in the Devon Bird report for 2017. Please send Excel spreadsheets (blanks can be downloaded from the Society’s website) to data.manager@devonbirds.org.  Other records (hand-written or typewritten) should be sent to: Mr. R Burn, 43 Larkham Lane, Plympton, Plymouth, PL7 […]

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7th December 2017

This new assessment of UK bird populations have just been published. It includes a special chapter on the impacts of climate change on bird populations. You can download it here. Well worth a read.

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21st November 2017

Devon Birds have been consulting with the Forestry Commission regarding the future management of Stoke Woods just to the north of Exeter. Peter Devenport, the FC’s Assistant Ecologist has asked if there are any members of Devon Birds who could help with the monitoring of around 20 pied flycatcher nest boxes which are going to be […]

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21st November 2017

After the AGM Dr. Malcolm Burgess, RSBP Conservation Researcher and honorary research fellow at the University of Exeter gave a presentation on ‘Tracking Devon’s birds; Spotted & Pied Flycatcher, Wood Warbler and Whinchat.’ Malcolm specialises in spatial ecology, working on diagnosing causes of declines of long-distance migrants and woodland birds. He is ideally placed to […]

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1st November 2017

Those of you who look at the “Devon Birds” website will have seen that over the past couple of weeks there has been a flood of reports on sightings of Firecrests. They are frequently being seen together with small flocks of Goldcrests and Long Tailed Tits and are quite widespread around the County at present. […]

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30th October 2017

The “Devon Birds” Photo Exhibition at Torre had a successful launch on 20th October, and I would like to thank all of the photographers for making it such a high quality event. It will be running until the 19th November from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm each day and I do hope that as many […]

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