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.

We hold monthly illustrated talks on wildlife between September and April, with refreshments in the interval. The meetings are held at the Southernhay Hall of the United Reformed Church, Southernhay East, Exeter EX1 1QD, with free evening parking in the Princesshay 3 underground parking opposite the hall.

We run regular guided walks and other trips throughout the year. Birdwatching experience is not necessary. The walks don't need to be booked and are free to join, unless otherwise stated. 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. When we go further afield, we meet up for car-sharing in the car park behind the Miller & Carter Steakhouse on Honiton Road, with grateful thanks to the management for their permission.

May 2020

Sun
31

CANCELLED - Full day visit to Hodder's Combe and Steart Marshes, with the Exeter & District RSPB Local Group

Location: Meet for car sharing at 8.30 am at the Steakhouse car park (SX962928, EX1 3PE) or Holford Green car park (ST155410, TA5 1RY, on the western side of Holford) at 10.00 am.
Latitude/longitude: 51.161985,-3.209801 (Google map)

In the morning we will explore the oak woods of Hodder's Combe, in the Quantock Hills. We will be looking for a range of woodland birds, including Wood Warblers. After lunch we will visit an area of the nearby Steart marshes where waders have now started to breed.

Toilets at Steart.
Bring packed lunch.

Time: 10 am

Price: Free to Local Group members, but donations welcome

E-mail: ExeterGroupLeader@rspb.org.uk

June 2020

Sat
13

CANCELLED - Full day walk from Bennetts Cross to Challacombe, with the Exeter & District RSPB Local Group

Location: Meet at 8.30 am at the Steakhouse car park (SX962928, EX1 3PE), or Bennett's Cross car park (SX680817) at 9.30am.
Latitude/longitude: 50.619465,-3.866178 (Google map)

From our starting point at Bennett's Cross, we will take a circular walk to Challacombe Farm and back. We will look for moorland birds including Cuckoo, Wheatear and Whinchat. Challacombe is a good area to find Redstarts and Spotted Flycatchers, as well as the Swallows and House Martins that nest in the farm buildings. This is a longer walk than normal, including rocky paths and an extended ascent at the end of the walk.

Bring and carry packed lunch.
No toilets.

Time: 09.30 am

Price: Free to Local Group members, but donations welcome

E-mail: ExeterGroupLeader@rspb.org.uk

July 2020

Thu
2

CANCELLED - Evening visit to Bovey Heathfield, with the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet by the reserve entrance in Dragoon Close at the northern end of the Heathfield industrial estate (SX 824764, TQ12 6UD) at 8.30 pm.
Latitude/longitude: 50.575468,-3.662185 (Google map)

Bovey Heathfield is an excellent local DWT reserve, holding a wide range of wildlife. We will be visiting in the evening to look for Nightjars, which are summer visitors to the reserve.

Please bring a torch and insect repellent.

Time: 8.30 pm

Price: Free to Local Group members, but donations welcome

E-mail: ExeterGroupLeader@rspb.org.uk

Sat
18

CANCELLED - Morning visit to Aylesbeare Common, with the Exeter & District local group.

Location: Meet at Joney's Cross car park, opposite the reserve, just off the A3052 (SY057897) at 9.30am.
Latitude/longitude: 50.699271,-3.336622 (Google map)

We will be looking for heathland specialities, such as Dartford Warbler and Yellowhammer. This is also a good time of year, and an excellent location, to see a variety of dragonflies and butterflies.

No toilets.

Time: 09.30 am

Price: Free to Local Group members, but donations welcome

E-mail: ExeterGroupLeader@rspb.org.uk

August 2020

Thu
20

CANCELLED - Morning trip 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.

Car park donation requested; toilets near Discovery Hut.
Latitude/longitude: 50.718255,-3.065180 (Google map)

This is a good time of year for waders on Black Hole Marsh and the adjacent 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.

Time: 09.30 am

Price: Free to Local Group members, but donations welcome

E-mail: ExeterGroupLeader@rspb.org.uk

September 2020

Tue
8

'The Secret Lives of Butterflies' - a talk by Richard Fox to the Exeter & District Local Group

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

More details to follow

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: Exeter Local Group Members £3.50; all others £5.00

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