RSPB calls Devon residents to hold Government to account on missed nature targets

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 09/16/2020 - 8:50pm

A major United Nations report has revealed the international community has failed to halt environmental decline over the last 10 years. Now, new analysis from the RSPB has revealed the UK’s self-assessment is overly optimistic as high environmental ambitions have not led to real progress being made.

The Global Biodiversity Outlook 5, published yesterday by the United Nations, contained no country-level breakdowns of how the UK has fared. Instead, an RSPB report ‘A Lost Decade for Nature’, has revealed our true performance.

With UK wildlife continuing to decline and vital...

Help protect wild birds on the Exe Estuary

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Wed, 09/09/2020 - 11:09pm

Summer begins to mellow, winds begin to change and that is the herald for the beginning of a spectacular time of year for wildlife on the internationally important Exe Estuary.

As breeding grounds in Siberia turn icy cold and food supplies there dwindle, this prompts an exhausting annual migration of thousands of water birds. The rich food resources found in the Exe provide a welcome home to these birds, many of which travel in family groups.

With these changes in mind, people are asked to avoid wildlife refuges on the Exe Estuary at Dawlish Warren National Nature...

New wildlife gardening guide shows big potential of small spaces in Devon

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 08/28/2020 - 2:49pm

A new guide published today by the RSPB and Barratt Developments, which is currently building brand-new communities across Devon, shows how to turn balconies and small gardens into sanctuaries for wildlife.

The RSPB's ‘Welcome Wildlife into Your World' guide gives top tips and advice for bringing nature to your home, especially for people with a small amount of outdoor space such as a balcony or courtyard.

The leading housebuilder is building new homes at Tarka Ridge near Barnstaple, Embden Grange , Tavistock, Braid Park, Tiverton (from Barratt Homes and David Wilson...

Zoo keepers save animals  after storm damage

Zoo keepers save animals after storm damage

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 02/20/2020 - 11:08am

Keepers at Paignton Zoo saved scores of animals after recent storms damaged a key building.

High winds ripped open a 36-metre-long air vent in the roof of Reptile Tropics at around 7.30 one morning, exposing vulnerable animals, plants and electrics. Staff rushed to save lizards, snakes, turtles, iguanas, chameleons and geckos as the temperature in the building dropped. Meanwhile, maintenance staff were able to carry out running repairs and prevent further damage.

In all, 65 reptiles and amphibians were saved, along with around 200 birds. It’s thought that no individuals...

guided bird watching cruise

Guided Bird Watching Cruise

Event Date: 
24/11/2019 - 10:30am to 08/03/2020 - 12:00pm
Stuart Line Cruises

Our Guided Bird Watching Cruises are ideal for anyone who would like to see the many thousands of birds that migrate to the area during the autumn and winter months. Suitable for beginners and beneficial to experts these cruises have a full commentary throughout from ornithologists Dave Smallshire and Derek Carter. You will discover and learn all about the species, habitat and behaviors of the thousands of birds on the Exe Estuary and East Devon Coast.

The award-winning Chunk of Devon pasties – both steak and vegetarian – are available to pre-order and the hot and super tasty Rod...

On the wing: in celebration of the feather

On the wing: in celebration of the feather

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 10/10/2019 - 3:58pm

Paignton Zoo bird keeper Lisa Jones freely admits that she has an interest that borders on obsession. She’s fascinated by feathers.

“During the summer months, lots of birds at Paignton Zoo start to moult… I think feathers are among the natural world’s most incredible adaptations. While I was cleaning out the Ural owls, who are moulting heavily now, I wondered if anyone else would be as interested in feathers as me!”

It turns out, yes. Feathers are the often overlooked wonders of nature. We might admire a bird, but do we stop to ask what feathers are, why they are like they...

In the pink: scarlet birds have red letter day

In the pink: scarlet birds have red letter day

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Tue, 09/03/2019 - 7:17pm

One of the most striking birds in the world has bred at Paignton Zoo. The scarlet ibis (Eudocimus ruber) is famous for its bright red feathers – although, as you can see, the chicks are anything but scarlet.

There’s no other wading bird as scarlet as a scarlet ibis, but it takes time for juveniles to grow into the colour. It’s not until their second moult that the birds begin to take on that extraordinary rosy sheen. It can take two years or more for the dazzling change to be completed; the colour comes from the red crustaceans in their diet.

Keepers don’t want to disturb...

Happy bird-day at Living Coasts…

Happy bird-day at Living Coasts…

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 08/22/2019 - 11:56am

It’s an expensive time of year for birthday presents among the kittiwakes at Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo. The five adult birds all have birthdays between July 17th and August 7th. And now a chick has hatched on its mother’s birthday.

The kittiwake also hatched in the same nest and to the same parents as last year, when Living Coasts recorded its first ever breeding of this species. The kittiwake is listed as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

Senior Keeper Jason Keller has been keeping a close eye on things: “The chick seems...

Help to count the birds and the bees at Killerton’s BioBlitz

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Fri, 04/12/2019 - 2:46pm

On Sunday 28 April, the Killerton rangers need your help to count and learn about the creatures that live in Ashclyst Forest.

Come along to Caddihoe Scout Camp and help the team with some hands on bug hunting, flower counting and butterfly spotting at the BioBlitz day. Everything you help us find will be fed into a database to help understand more about which animals are living in the woods.

The day kicks off bright and early with a dawn chorus walk where you can enjoy the early morning bird song. Expert led walks and wildlife survey fun will then continue throughout the...

RSPB celebrates 40 years of counting garden birds in Exeter

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Fri, 01/25/2019 - 6:50am

The RSPB is celebrating a very special anniversary of its world famous Big Garden Birdwatch this weekend (26-28 January).

Just one hour every year, for the last 40 years, has made the RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch the largest garden wildlife citizen science project. During that time, hundreds of thousands of people have volunteered their time providing the RSPB with over 8 million hours of monitoring garden birds.

Over the last four decades, an astonishing 130 million birds have been counted giving the RSPB real insight into how our birds are faring.

This year’s event...