Events

You do not need to be a member of the RSPB (or the local group) to join us on our events, and birdwatching experience is not necessary. Most outdoor meetings are in Devon and 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.
We meet up to share cars for long-distance field trips. Our regular meeting place is the car park behind the Barn Owl on Honiton Road, with grateful thanks to the management for their permission.

December 2017

Sat
30

A morning walk from Powderham to Turf Locks with the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet near Powderham church (SX971843) at 9.30 am.
Latitude/longitude: 50.649,-3.46 (Google map)

A morning walk, aiming to see ducks and waders on the Exe estuary and wintering birds in the neighbouring fields.
No toilets.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free to local group members, but donations welcome

E-mail: richard.swinbank444@btinternet.com

January 2018

Tue
9

'Transatlantic Travels (The New World)', a talk by Mike Mockler to the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: United Reform Church Hall, Southernhay, Exeter
Postcode: EX1 1QD (Google map)

A wide ranging and entertaining look at wildlife in some of Mike's favourite places in the Americas, among them Costa Rica, Galapagos Islands, Jamaica, Patagonia & Canada.
Birds range from the resplendent quetzal to snowy owls, Andean condors, as well as lots of mammals.
Mike has won many awards for his brilliant photographs.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Local Group Members £3.50; Non Members £4.00

E-mail: carolynchanning@gmail.com

Sun
14

A full day visit to Greylake and Ham Wall with the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet at the Barn Owl (SX962928) for car sharing at 8.30 am,
or RSPB Greylake car park (ST399346) at 9.30 am.

Latitude/longitude: 51.107986,-2.859136 (Google map)

We will visit the RSPB reserves at both Greylake and Ham Wall.
Greylake is a great place to see masses of Teal, Wigeon and other ducks.
At Ham Wall, we hope to be lucky enough to see Marsh Harriers, Great White Egrets and Bitterns.
Bring packed lunch AND your RSPB membership card (for the car park).
Toilets at Ham Wall.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free to local group members, but donations welcome

E-mail: richard.swinbank444@btinternet.com

February 2018

Sat
10

A full day visit to Broadsands and Torbay with the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet at the Barn Owl (SX962928) for car sharing at 8.30 am
or Broadsands car park (SX896572) at 9.30 am.
Latitude/longitude: 50.403683,-3.553687 (Google map)

We hope to see grebes and divers if the weather is favourable, plus winter visitors and the local Cirl Buntings. The trees at Broadsands can also be a good place to see Goldcrests and warblers. Weather permitting, we will continue to another local site in the afternoon.

Car park charge. Toilets on the sea front.

Bring packed lunch.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free to local group members, but donations welcome

E-mail: richard.swinbank444@btinternet.com

Tue
13

'Birds without Borders', a talk by Peter Holden MBE to the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: United Reform Church Hall, Southernhay, Exeter
Postcode: EX1 1QD (Google map)

We are delighted this evening to welcome Peter Holden MBE, who is now retired from the RSPB after a career spanning 40 years.

Peter will be illustrating how birds & other animals navigate across land & sea & will be revealing some of the incredible journeys they make. This is an exciting time because so much new information is now available due to satellite tracking & other technology.
He has been fortunate to visit many of the countries that feature in the talk and uses his photographs to bring to life some of these amazing creatures. An evening not to be missed.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Local Group Members £3.50; Non Members £4.00

E-mail: carolynchanning@gmail.com

Thu
22

A morning visit to Bowling Green Marsh with the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet at the Holman Way Car Park, Topsham (SX968881) at 9.30 am.

Car Park charge.
Please do not park on the approach road to Bowling Green.

Latitude/longitude: 50.683,-3.460956 (Google map)

We will complete a circular walk around Topsham, including a visit to the Lookout (hide) at Bowling Green Marsh for waders and ducks.
We expect to see Avocets and other wintering waders from the hide and viewing platform, plus a good range of other birds in the hedges, on the fields and on the river.

Toilets on Quay.

Time: 9.30 am

Price: Free to local group members, but donations welcome

E-mail: richard.swinbank444@btinternet.com