Events

You don't need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to enjoy our events, but we'd love you to join.

Please note that our usual programme of events has partially been suspended during the covid-19 pandemic. In our normal programme, we hold monthly illustrated talks on wildlife between September and April, at the Southernhay Hall of the United Reformed Church in central Exeter. We also run regular guided walks and other trips - birdwatching experience is not necessary.

We are currently considering whether we can resume our regular indoor meetings, in addition to the virtual talks (delivered via Zoom) that we have been running during the pandemic. We will publish a news item on this website once we have confirmed our talks programme for Autumn 2021.

We have now resumed our birdwatching walks. They are subject to Covid-19 restrictions, and with a booking system in place. If you are not a member of the Exeter & District local group, you are very welcome to join us. We normally make a small charge for non-members, but, if you have never been on one of our walks before, the first one is free - please say when you book. The trips take place (more or less) whatever the weather so please be prepared with weatherproof clothing and waterproof footwear. To minimise disturbance to the birds, please do not bring dogs, other than assistance dogs

August 2021

Sun
15

Morning visit to Black Hole Marsh with the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet at Seaton Wetlands car park, accessed through Seaton Cemetery (SY249915, EX12 2SP) at 9.30 am.
Latitude/longitude: 50.7181,-3.0652 (Google map)

This walk is subject to covid-19 restrictions and may be cancelled if circumstances change. This walk is now FULLY BOOKED, but to add your name to the waiting list, please email the group leader (richard.swinbank@rspb.org.uk), giving your name(s), phone number and email address by 12th August.

This is a good time of year for waders on Black Hole Marsh and the nearby Axe estuary. If we're lucky with the weather, we may find some rarities. Time permitting, we will also visit the adjacent Colyford Common reserve.

Two groups of up to 6 (to avoid over-crowding the hides). Car park - £1 donation. Toilets near Discovery Hut.

Time: 09.30 am

Price: Free to Local Group members but donations welcome.

Booking essential

E-mail: richard.swinbank@rspb.org.uk

September 2021

Sat
4

Full day visit to Soar and South Huish with Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet at the NT East Soar car park (SX713375)
Latitude/longitude: 50.2238,-3.8055 (Google map)

The fields around Soar often attract flocks of finches and larks at this time of year. We will do a circular walk along some rough paths, in search of migrants such as warblers, Yellow Wagtails, Wheatears and Whinchats. In the afternoon, we'll go on to South Huish looking for waders on the marshes, or another local site.

This walk is subject to covid-19 restrictions and may be cancelled if circumstances change. To book your place, please email the group leader (richard.swinbank@rspb.org.uk), giving your name(s) phone number and email address by 1st September. If the walk is over-subscribed, we will operate a waiting list.

Maximum group size: 20. Car park charge(s) for non-members of National Trust. Toilets at South Milton sands. Bring a packed lunch

Time: 10 am

Price: £3 for non-members, free for members of Exeter local group.

Booking essential

E-mail: richard.swinbank@rspb.org.uk

Tue
28

Gentle morning walk to Bowling Green Marsh with Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet at Holman Way Car Park, Topsham (SX968881). Please do not park on the approach road to Bowling Green (one disabled parking space by the hide).

Latitude/longitude: 50.6834,-3.4615 (Google map)

We will take a gentle walk to the Lookout and hide at Bowling Green Marsh, where we can spend our time observing ducks and waders. For those that wish, we can also visit the nearby Clyst viewing platform and Goosemoor.

This walk is subject to covid-19 restrictions and may be cancelled if circumstances change. NB. This meeting is especially for members who are less mobile; we will be doing a longer walk around Topsham, visiting Bowling Green Marsh, in December.

To book your place, please email the group leader (richard.swinbank@rspb.org.uk), giving your name(s) phone number and email address by 14th September. We can only take a small group (6, including the leader) and will give priority to bookings from people with mobility problems before confirming places - please let us know when you book. Later bookings may be accepted, subject to availability.

Car park charge. Toilets on Topsham Quay.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: £2 for non-members, free for members of Exeter local group

Booking essential

E-mail: richard.swinbank@rspb.org.uk

October 2021

Sun
10

Morning walk from Shipley Bridge to Avon Dam with Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet at Shipley Bridge car park (SX680628), near South Brent.
Latitude/longitude: 50.4511,-3.8601 (Google map)

The path from Shipley Bridge to the Avon Dam can be a good area to spot a variety of woodland and moorland birds. Our main objective is to find Ring Ouzels on migration. We may continue birding into the afternoon, depending on what has been reported nearby.

This walk is subject to covid-19 restrictions and may be cancelled if circumstances change. To book your place, please email the group leader (richard.swinbank@rspb.org.uk), giving your name(s) phone number and email address by 7th October. If the walk is over-subscribed, we will operate a waiting list.

Maximum group size: 20. Toilets at Shipley Bridge. Bring packed lunch if staying until afternoon

Time: 9.30 am

Price: £2 for non-members, free for members of Exeter local group.

Booking essential

E-mail: richard.swinbank@rspb.org.uk