The Harrier

Subtitle: The newsletter of Devon Birds

Volunteering for Devon Birds

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 activities, and some to the wider requirements of Devon Birds.

The Council has decided that it would like to strengthen the way it develops initiatives by involving those members who have particular skills and interests.  Examples include:

  • reserves management: such as assisting with reed cutting, habitat maintenance for specific birds, wild flower seed sowing, repairs and maintenance of bird hides;
  • helping with bird surveys for landowners who are interested in improving their estates for wildlife;
  • back office functions such as finance and administration, marketing and promotion, legal and planning knowledge, fund raising, publishing knowledge, and finally records and data management, particularly anyone with database expertise.


It is envisaged that this participation could be either at branch level and/or by directly supporting the Council of Devon Birds.  Some of these skills could be deployed in the very near future, others are very much with a view to thinking about succession planning for vacancies over the longer term.  The objective is that as particular opportunities arise, members will be able to get more involved in both influencing and helping with the practical running of our charity.

Inevitably, over time there will be vacancies on the Council of Devon Birds, so if anyone would like to be considered for future appointment as a Trustee to the Council, I should be grateful if they would contact me.  More immediately the Council is very keen to find ways of attracting new members, so anyone who feels that they have ideas to contribute and could take on the role of Promotion/Membership Officers either at branch level, or as a co-opted member of the full Council we would like to hear from you.

Those who wish to be more involved at Branch level should contact their local Branch Chairman to discuss how best their support could be utilised.

Contact details for enquiries and expressions of interest are as follows

East Devon (Colin Randall)

South Devon (Mike Goss)

Plymouth (Liz Harris)

Taw & Torridge (John Towers)

Mid Devon (Nick Armstrong)


Devon Birds endeavours to be a membership focussed charity with ambitions to further the study and conservation of wild birds.  Contributing directly to the activity of this environmental charity not only aids the welfare and expansion of knowledge, but is also enriching at a personal level.  I do hope therefore that there will be some areas of support in which more members of Devon Birds will wish to participate.

Shaw Edwards

(Chairman, Devon Birds)

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