The Harrier

Subtitle: The newsletter of Devon Birds

Month: February 2018

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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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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