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 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 have now resumed our birdwatching walks. They are subject to Covid-19 restrictions, and with a booking system in place. 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

June 2021

Sat
5

Full day visit to Challacombe Farm with the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet at Challacombe Farm (SX694795, PL20 6TD) at 10.00am
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.

Subject to covid restrictions, we will 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. Depending on the length of the farm visit, we may continue with a local birdwatching walk 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. Toilet available during farm visit.

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

Time: 10.00 am

Price: Free to Local Group members but donations welcome.

Booking essential

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

Tue
22

Evening visit to Mutter's Moor with the Exeter & District Local Group

Location: Meet at the Mutter's Moor car park at the top of Peak Hill, Sidmouth (SX109872) at 9.00 pm.
Latitude/longitude: 50.6779,-3.2622 (Google map)

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) email address and phone number. If the walk is over-subscribed, we will operate a waiting list.

This year we will be returning to Mutter's Moor for our customary summer evening walk to look for Nightjars.

Maximum group size: 12. No toilets.

Time: 9.00 pm

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

Booking essential

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

July 2021

Sat
17

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: 50.6996,-3.3367 (Google map)

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) email address and phone number. If the walk is over-subscribed, we will operate a waiting list.

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.

Maximum group size: 20. No toilets.

Time: 09.30 am

Price: Free to Local Group members but donations welcome.

Booking essential

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

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. To book your place, please email the group leader (richard.swinbank@rspb.org.uk), giving your name(s) email address and phone number. If the walk is over-subscribed, we will operate a waiting list.

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