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 been suspended during the covid-19 pandemic. In the meantime, we are running a series of virtual talks instead of our usual indoor meetings. If you are not a member of the Exeter & District local group, you are very welcome to attend, but there is a small charge to help cover the costs of the talks. Please book your place by email, as shown on the relevant event description.

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 planning to resume our birdwatching walks from late April, subject to Covid-19 restrictions, and with a booking system in place.

April 2021

Sun
25

Morning visit to Exminster Marshes with the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet at Exminster Marshes RSPB car park, sharp right over the railway bridge (SX953872, EX6 8DZ).
Latitude/longitude: 50.675258,-3.482513 (Google map)

This walk is subject to covid-19 restrictions, must be booked in advance and may be cancelled if circumstances change.

At this time of year, Exminster Marshes is a good place to find newly-arrived reed and sedge warblers, with a good chance of several other warblers. We might also see some rarer migrants on passage. There should still be some ducks and waders, although not in their winter numbers. We will walk as far as Turf locks for a view over the estuary. This will be a circular walk, returning along the footpath by the railway, unless it is too wet. Be prepared for mud.

There will be two groups (at 9.00 and 9.30 am), each limited to six people (including the leader). Meet at RSPB car park. No toilets.

This event is now FULLY BOOKED. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email the Local Group Leader giving your name(s) email address and phone number.

Time: 09.30 am

Price: Free to Local Group members, but donations welcome

Booking essential

E-mail: ExeterGroupLeader@rspb.org.uk

May 2021

Tue
4

Morning trip to Yarner Wood with the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet at in the 'Middle Car Park' on Trendlebere Down (SX781793)
Latitude/longitude: 50.6006,-3.722 (Google map)

This walk is subject to covid-19 restrictions, must be booked in advance and may be cancelled if circumstances change.

We will make an earlier than usual start to visit Yarner Wood, which is well known for its pied flycatchers and redstarts. We also hope to see a range of warblers, tits and other birds both in the woodland and adjoining heathland. There is also a chance of spotting a lesser spotted woodpecker.

This walk is limited to 6 people (including the leader). Meet at in the 'Middle Car Park' on Trendlebere Down (not Yarner Wood reserve car park) at 8.30am. Limited toilet facilities; donation requested to support reserve.

This event is now FULLY BOOKED. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email the Local Group Leader giving your name(s) email address and phone number.

Time: 08.30 am

Price: Free to Local Group members, but donations welcome

Booking essential

E-mail: ExeterGroupLeader@rspb.org.uk

Tue
11

'Geology and wildlife of Namibia', a virtual talk by John Medlock to the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: via Zoom

John is an amateur naturalist and photographer who feels very lucky in having been able to travel widely and visit many of the world's wildlife hot spots.

The talk concentrates on the plants, animals and birds of five regions - the Namib desert, the wetland area of Walvis bay (a major wintering ground for many of the UK's summer migrants), the Etendeka lava flows in northern Damaraland, Etosha National Park and finally the big cat country of the central highlands - as well as discussing the geology that makes Namibia such a great place for wildlife.

This meeting is one of a series of Zoom talks, while our usual indoor meetings are suspended during the covid-19 pandemic. This talk will be just over an hour long, including time for questions.

Invitations to the talk will be emailed to local group members. If you are not a local group member, you are very welcome to request an invitation to join the Zoom meeting by emailing helen.baker60@tiscali.co.uk by 9th May. There is a £2 charge for non-members; payment instructions will be included with the invitation.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Exeter Local Group Members - free; all others £2.00

Booking essential

E-mail: helen.baker60@tiscali.co.uk

Thu
13

Morning walk at Steps Bridge & Dunsford Woods with the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet at Steps Bridge car park (SX802882, EX6 7EQ).
Latitude/longitude: 50.682,-3.695 (Google map)

This walk is subject to covid-19 restrictions, must be booked in advance and may be cancelled if circumstances change.

A morning field trip to look for woodland and riverside birds along the upper Teign valley. At this time of year, the bluebells should still be in flower. We hope to see dipper & grey wagtail on the river, and pied flycatcher and warblers in the woods. This site also offers another possibility of seeing a lesser spotted woodpecker.

There will be two groups (at 9.00 and 9.30 am), each limited to six people (including the leader). Meet at Steps Bridge car park. No toilets.

This walk is now FULLY BOOKED. If you wish to join the waiting list, please email the Local Group Leader giving your name(s) email address and phone number.

Time: 09.30 am

Price: Free to Local Group members, but donations welcome.

Booking essential

E-mail: ExeterGroupLeader@rspb.org.uk

June 2021

Sat
5

Full day visit to Challacombe, including the Farm

Location: Meet at Challacombe Farm (SX694795, PL20 6TD) at 10.00am - TO BE CONFIRMED
Latitude/longitude: 50.6000,-3.8477 (Google map)

This walk is subject to covid-19 restrictions, must be booked in advance and may be cancelled (or changed) according to circumstances.

We hope to have a guided visit to Challacombe Farm in the morning. The farm produces very high welfare 'grass -fed' beef and lamb, whilst conserving and enhancing the wildlife, landscape and archaeology that makes it such a special place. We will continue with local birdwatching in the afternoon - the area is rich in moorland birds, including whinchats and wheatears. If the farm visit is not possible, we will do a full-day birdwatching walk in the area.

There is a limit on numbers, so you will need to book your place on this walk, by emailing the Local Group Leader giving your name(s) email address and phone number, walk(s) you would like to book showing your order of preference (if requesting more than one walk). If a walk is over-subscribed, we will operate a waiting list.

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free to Local Group members but donations welcome.

Booking essential

E-mail: ExeterGroupLeader@rspb.org.uk