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Sometime between 20th and 26th May 2006 I will be undertaking a sponsored birdwatch to raise funds for "Wildlife Homes - Devon" which we have set up to provide nest boxes, bird tables etc. for schools, nature reserves, charity projects etc. A similar event last year provided enough money for us to supply around 200 boxes.

The total number of species seen last year was 101, this year 80 - 90 would be more realistic. All contributions will be greatly appreciated, please e-mail to the address on the home page.

An appeal for assistance:- I have been helping a local ringer with a project on Pied / White Wagtails. We would appreciate any sightings of migrating birds and the location of roosts, any information can be e-mailed using the link on the home page - many thanks. A number of wagtails will be colour ringed at Slapton with a combination of colours, please e-mail any sightings (recording location and colours ) to the address on the home page. So far 512 have been ringed, they should migrate back through Devon in March and April.

Dartford Warbler habitat under threat:- the area of Dartmoor known as Crownhill Down and Smallhanger are under threat of destruction from quarrying and waste dumping from Imerys. This is located near Hemerdon ( not Crownhill which causes some confusion ) and is one of the few areas in Devon where Dartford Warblers breed. It is also very important for Dragonflies & Damselflies as well as archaeology and rare plants. For further information and ways to help visit:- www.dartmoor-preservation-assoc.org.uk

Biologists in Iceland have colour ringed nearly 1,000 Ringed Plovers over the last two summers. The plovers are individually marked with one colour ring on each tarsus, one colour ring on either tibia and a metal ring on opposite
tibia. Please sed any sightings to the e-mail address on the home page, any feedback will be sent on.

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