Schools out for summer in Devon – Six free nature activities for children

As schools break for summer the RSPB invites families to enjoy their FREE summer Wild Challenge activities to help children connect to Devon's nature and have fun.

Rosalind Allen, RSPB Education and Families Development Officer, said: “As schools in Devon break up for the summer, many parents are worrying about the increased cost of living and how they will be able to afford to have fun and quality family time over the long break. Fortunately, the RSPB’s FREE Wild Challenge scheme includes 30 nature-based activities, inspiring families to get closer to nature, discover ways to...

Learn about Devon’s birds with the RSPB

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Sat, 06/25/2022 - 10:50pm

The RSPB’s popular 10-week Beginners Birdwatching course returns this September, delivered by RSPB volunteer, Chris Lee. Whether you’re new to the world of birds or if you just want to find out more, this course is a great starting point.

Beginners Birdwatching Course

Join the RSPB's popular 10-week Beginner’s Birdwatching Course this September – perfect if you’re new to the world of birds or if you want to discover more.

At the end of the course you’ll be able to tell your redshank from your greenshank and your swallow from your swift! You’ll learn about...

Enjoy yoga on the heath

The RSPB in Devon are offering people a unique experience to practise yoga at a secret spot at RSPB Aylesbeare nature reserve. This special opportunity will allow participants to intimately connect with nature whilst focusing on their physical and mental wellbeing through the practise of yoga .

Event Title: Yoga on the Heath

Join us for five-weeks of outdoor yoga at a beautiful, secret, and peaceful location on RSPB Aylesbeare nature reserve, East Devon. Enjoy a walk and talk to the yoga site with the RSPB and discover the wild and wonderful things about our east Devon...

The RSPB calls for everyone to join the wildlife-planting revolution in the South West

The RSPB is calling for everyone in the South West to join the wildlife-planting revolution after a YouGov survey revealed that three quarters (78%) of people are now doing at least something in their garden or outside space to help wildlife (with 23% trying a lot, 28% trying a fair amount, and 27% trying a little).

The survey, commissioned by the RSPB as part of their Nature on Your Doorstep campaign, also revealed the wide range of ways that people in the South West are already gardening with wildlife in mind – 47% consider how a plant can benefit pollinators when choosing what...

Keep calm and step away from that baby bird

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Wed, 05/04/2022 - 8:21pm

The RSPB is reminding the public that most baby birds found on the ground, don’t need rescuing – it’s part of the natural fledging process.

Morwenna Alldis, spokesperson for the RSPB said: “At this time of year we get hundreds of calls from well-meaning members of the public about the seemingly helpless baby birds they’ve discovered on the ground. And with the past two years of lockdown spurring us to pay closer attention to our gardens and greenspaces, our now expert nature eyes may spot even more chicks than usual. But most of the time it’s important that we resist the urge to...

The RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch 2022  - jay storms up the charts and a glimmer of hope for greenfinch

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 04/14/2022 - 4:43pm

House sparrows held on the top spot, but the jay surprisingly flew nine places up the results from this year’s RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.

Big Garden Birdwatch is the world’s largest wildlife survey and gives RSPB scientists insights into how our garden birds are faring.

Now in its 43rd year, RSPB’s Big Garden Birdwatch is a chance for people of all ages to count the number of birds that visit their garden helping the RSPB get a snapshot of how they are doing. This year almost 700 thousand people across the UK took part, counting more than 11 million birds.


Can you help the West Country’s special cirl buntings this spring?

Authored by News Desk
Posted: Thu, 04/07/2022 - 9:33pm

The RSPB are appealing for volunteers across Devon and Cornwall to help them carry out their annual Cirl Bunting Survey, between April-August of this year. People can register to take part in the survey on the Cirl Bunting Action Hub, visit:

Here volunteers can select a 2km by 2km survey square local to their home on the RSPB’s map and plan a survey route through their chosen patch along Public Rights of Way and covering the areas that cirl buntings are likely to make their homes. No specialist skills are needed to take part other than an interest in birds and...

RSPB brings nature’s healing power to NHS

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Mon, 04/04/2022 - 12:26pm

The RSPB are supporting the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (the RD&E) to enhance their outdoor spaces for staff, volunteers, patients, carers, visitors and local wildlife.

A number of the outdoor spaces located at the RD&E Wonford site’s have recently been renovated – this includes the development of a new wildflower meadow area, a staff garden, and a memory courtyard. The support offered by the RSPB will help the RD&E to enhance these spaces and make sure they benefit the Trust’s local wildlife too.

In addition, the RSPB are supporting the Trust...

Watch Your Step in Devon to help the RSPB protect ground nesting birds this spring

Authored by Mary Youlden
Posted: Tue, 03/15/2022 - 10:29pm

People have been noticing nature much more during lockdowns, as garden birds and other wildlife have helped lift spirits and connect us to the world outside. A recent survey commissioned by the RSPB showed that 41% of participants reported seeing wildlife near their homes that they had never noticed before between 2020 and 2021.

Almost half of the UK population have said they have tried to attract nature to their gardens but the RSPB is keen to highlight that many of our threatened species don’t use gardens and nest boxes when raising young.

Over half of England’s most...

Half term nestbox building in the RSPB Lookout Garden

Event Date: 
26/02/2022 - 10:30am
The Lookout Garden, RSPB Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor, Bowling Green Rd, Topsham, Exeter

Children and adults alike can get creative, building and decorating specially designed nestbox kits to make a cosy home for their local birds.

Date and times : Saturday 26 February, 10.30am-12.30pm.


Cost: RSPB members £12, Non members £14

Venue: The Lookout Garden, RSPB Bowling Green Marsh and Goosemoor, Bowling Green Rd, Topsham, Exeter EX3,

Contact: For more information visit: