Devon Mammal Group

Devon Mammal Group Symposium – “60 Years of Celebrating Mammals”

Posted on October 15, 2014

We are pleased to announce the Devon Mammal Group Symposium "60 Years of Celebrating Mammals" which takes place on Saturday 8th November 2014.

As you will see, this is a very exciting programme of events and we have kept the cost as low as possible. We therefore ask you to bring your own lunch, but will be providing coffee/tea etc. free of charge during the morning and lunchtime breaks.

Many members have already booked places for this event, and we are now opening booking to the general public. Please spread the word to friends and colleagues; we would love to see a full house for this exciting event.

For a full programme and booking form (booking essential!) please see here.

Devon Wildlife Trust requesting public comments on East Devon Beavers

Posted on September 25, 2014

Many of our members will no doubt be interested in this request for comments from DWT:

In July 2014 Defra announced its intention to catch and remove the wild beavers of east Devon. Their plan is to re-home the beavers in captivity elsewhere. Defra has given two reasons for this: 1) the disease-risk posed by the beavers, 2) their potential impact on the local landscape and wildlife.

There is significant local and wider opposition to this plan.

What is Devon Wildlife Trust doing?

Devon Wildlife Trust thinks the wild beavers should remain on the River Otter.

However we believe this can only happen if the following are proven:

1.      that the beavers are disease-free

2.      that they are shown to be European beavers rather than the separate species, Canadian beavers

3.      that it can be demonstrated that there is local public support for the beavers to remain

4.      that a well-planned and resourced programme can be put in place to monitor the beaver's impact on local landscape, wildlife and people

Devon Wildlife Trust is asking Natural England for permission to establish such a monitoring project. Using the experience gained from our own captive-bred beaver trial in the west of Devon (see 'Finding out more' below), we believe we have the know-how to run a successful five-year study of east Devon's wild beavers.

You can help decide the beavers' future

As part of our submission to Natural England we are asking the public to let us know their views about east Devon's wild beavers. What should their future be? 

Your views are important! Email and let us know your views, your approximate home location (eg 'Honiton, Devon') and whether we can contact you in the future.

Please note: your views may be shared with Natural England and others as part of our work for Devon's wild beavers.

Or give us a more detailed response by first reading our proposal for the future of Devon's wild beavers and then filling in our response form.

Otter Workshop: Saturday 13 September 2014

Posted on August 28, 2014

Otter Workshop
Saturday 13 September 2014
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

This is a workshop to find out more about otter ecology and the records we have found on East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve.

There will be an indoor session followed by some fieldwork.  Please bring wellington boots, lunch and wet weather gear.

For more information and to book your place contact Albert Knott on 01626 831581 or email

Meet at the Woodland Centre, East Dartmoor NNR, Yarner Wood, TQ13 9LJ. Follow the Brown signs from Bovey.

The Big Exeter Bat Survey

Posted on August 14, 2014

Exeter City Bats are conducting a public city wide bat survey.  The aim is get people interested in and looking for bats, to help people learn more about bats and to produce a map of the findings that will be shared with Devon Bat Group and the Devon Biodiversity Record Centre.

If you're interested in helping or know somebody who might be, please have a look at the website -   From here you can select the area of the city you'd like to survey and find out about free training events.  To book a bat detector contact Emily Stallworthy.

Mammal survey training

Posted on August 12, 2014

Saturday 30th to Sunday 31st August.  A FREE weekend event aimed at showing you how you can find out what mammals are on your doorstep.

Mammal expert Adrian Bayley will introduce you to the trapping and recording techniques used to survey for a range of mammals. He will also show you how to identify tell-tail signs and droppings.

The evenings will be spent looking for badgers and hopefully seeing bats in the hand. The event will be held at the Devon Wildlife Trust site at Woodah Farm, Doddiscombsleigh

Families are welcome but booking is essential, as places are limited.

Please contact Adrian Bayley
01297 551389

Exmoor’s Wild Night Out and Bogtastic

Posted on August 12, 2014

Saturday 16th August, 7.30pm - 10pm: A Wild Night Out in Simonsbath
Enjoy a gentle potter around Simonsbath on the lookout for nocturnal sights and sounds such as bats, stars and moths. As part of the Bogtastic Festival Bioblitz* there will be the chance to get up close to Exmoor’s amazing bats and moths and a whole host of other nocturnal wildlife opportunities with our experts

Sunday 17th August 2014 - 10am to 3pm: Bogtastic 2014
A fun packed Adventure Day for all ages exploring the bogs and wetlands in and around Simonsbath and Blackpitts.

All weather activities include a Bog Safari, stream dipping, dam building, Bioblitz, small mammal trapping, undercover exhibitions including historic artefacts, sawmill tours and guided walks; games and stalls selling crafts and local produce.

For more information  please go to :


Wildlife Crime Talk on June 11th – Venue Confirmed

Posted on June 5, 2014

We are pleased to announce the venue for this event - the Rougemont Room at Exeter Central Library. Doors will open at 7pm. There's still spaces so if you haven't already booked now is your chance! Email or call 01626 862078.

New Event – Wildlife Crime in Devon

Posted on May 29, 2014

11th June, 2014 - 7pm

Exeter City Centre – venue to be confirmed

A talk by Devon & Cornwall Police Sergeant Dave Knight on the work of a Wildlife Crime Officer with a particular focus on mammals.

Unfortunately due to water damage at our usual meeting room at the White Hart we are having to arrange an alternative Exeter location for this event. Once this is sorted we will announce the venue here and anyone who has already booked will be contacted.

£1.50 for members, £3 for non-members.

Booking essential – please book via email to or call Tom Williams on 01626 862078.

New Event – Meet The Mammals

Posted on May 1, 2014

Sunday 11th May - 10am until 12 noon.

Upcott Grange, Broadwoodwidger, Lifton, PL16 0JS

We are please to announce our first outdoor event of 2014! A talk and site visit with wildlife expert Derek Gow, going behind the scenes of the BBC’s "The Burrowers".

For more details please see the flyer here: derek_gow_mammals

Wed 30 April 2014 AGM & news

Posted on April 8, 2014

Our first event this year will be at the University of Exeter on Wednesday April 30th from 7pm


Forum Exploration Lab 1, University of Exeter, Streatham Campus.

The Forum is the large glass-fronted building in the middle of the campus off Stocker Road, adjacent to the Northcott Theatre. Lab 1 is on the first floor, next to Costa Coffee.


Registration and drinks will take place at 7.00pm, followed at 7.30pm by a brief AGM and a series of short talks about latest projects and news, including:



Speakers will be:

Adrian Bicker: Living Record online recording system

Ellie Knott: DBRC records review

Derek Gow: Water Voles in the West Country – A New Site in Devon

Mervyn Newman: A review of the East Devon Water Vole Project

Fiona Mathews: Bats and Lighting


Free for DMG members; non-members £3.00