The Harrier

Subtitle: The newsletter of Devon Birds


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 Little Egret breeding sites.)  Listed below are a number of  past colonies which they would like checked to see if they have been reoccupied.  No formalities are needed; if you can visit one of these sites, just have a look and let me know the result, whether positive or negative.  Also if anyone knows of or finds any other occupied heronry which is not currently monitored , please let me know.  (Currently monitored sites are listed in the Grey Heron section of the 2016 Devon Bird report)

Past heronries to be checked.

Bosshill Wood, Stedcombe Manor, near Axmouth.  SY265921

Brampford Speke, by River Exe. SX931989

Fernworthy Reservoir SX662837

Fleet Mill Reach, River Dart, near Totnes SX824581

Gullet Plantation, Kingsbridge Estuary, near South Pool SX763393

Halwill Junction, near Okehampton SX438996

Head Wood, River Taw, near Kings Nympton SS663179

King’s/Veysey’s Wood, near Molland SS808273

Oaklands Wood, Okehampton SX587959

Oldaport Wood, Orcheton, near Modbury SX629491

Pedley Wood, East Worlington, near Chulmleigh SS778129

Milford, near Lifton SX405864

North Pool Copse, Kingsbridge Estuary, near South Pool SX770410

Royal Hill, Tor Royal Farm, near Princetown SX601724

Southcott, near Westleigh, Bideford  SS465279

Swaddledown Farm, east of Roadford Reservoir SX447929

 David Rogers

Regional Organiser, Heronries Census

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