Plymstock & District

Natural History

Group ContactSue Stoker Phone 01752 492935 mobile:07890 775151
DeputyMelanie Cockings mobile:07856 674022
VenueVariable - please wear appropriate clothing for the weather.
Day/Time1st Tuesday of the month at 10 am SHARP - duration varies.

IMPORTANT NOTICE - Due to the Coronavirus situation the group is suspended until further notice.

The Natural History Group sends out an email every day with photos that the members have taken on their daily walks or particular favourites. So, it’s a two-way communication. I intend to do this until we are released into the world again.

I have decided to to add my daily messages to the website for everyone to share starting today September 9th:

LINKS that you might all find interesting:

  • From a message from Sue on October 10th 2020 Something new and Local:Stephanie has sent us a link to some very exciting news, and this link has lots more interesting information so do take a look at it. pressreleases/beavers}
  • YET more, Sue has found this Link too:wembury-verging-on-wild
  • The following link is from the Wembury Marine Centre and shows divers and dolphins in The Sound and it was taken on the 7th September 2020, only two days ago and what a lovely sight it was! https://www.youtube.com/watch
  • 10.11.20 Just seen this on Wembury Marine Centre Facebook page, you may like to join the talk……Till the Coast is Clear is a Community Interest Company striving to make the world a better place, one piece of plastic and one happy soul at a time. Come along and hear how they clean shorelines of plastic pollution using a special recyclable boat and a fleet of kayaks made from recycled fishing nets, all crewed by a jolly band of volunteers, from all walks of life. As seen on BBC Countryfile and BBC Spotlight. BOOKING ESSENTIAL via ticket source:https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/wembury.../t-qeypom. Once booked, you will receive Zoom joining instructions via email the day before the event. To book once you have clicked on the above Link - Click on Ticket Source, then type in Wembury and you will find Till the Coast is Clear where you can book.

Here is an extract from Sue's message of 25.10.20
By Stephanie Hawking:

Yesterday I went to Exmouth to spend the day with my family.
As you will remember, the weather was blustery and very wet but I couldn’t resist stopping off at Darts Farm on my way home.
There wasn’t a lot prepared to battle the weather but some Moorhen and Mallards were on the ponds.
A Heron flew in to the wetlands and then I noticed 8 Curlew feeding in the field. Some Black Headed Gulls, a Lesser Black Back Gull, a Greater Black Back Gull and a pair of Little Egrets were feeding in the same area.
I managed to get back to my car before the weather really closed in.

This afternoon I chose to go to South Efford Marsh.
There have been reports over the past few days of a Lesser Yellowlegs being sighted there. This is a North American bird that has been blown off course and does turn up periodically but I have never seen one so I wanted to have a look for it.
As I arrived I saw a member of the local RSPB group. He was just leaving having seen the bird but he told me he had seen it fly off. However, he told me where it has been sighted.

The first birds I became aware of were the Canada Geese, loads of them. Amongst them were a couple of White Geese but it’s not sure if they’re escaped farm Geese. They are also reported as Snow Geese .

A few Wigeon and Teal have arrived. I love to hear the whistles of the Wigeon.
There were some Curlews and a couple of Little Egrets and one or two Pied Wagtails and some Mallard.

I headed back and heard and saw Long Tailed Tits in the hedge and was surprised to see 3 very late Swallows overhead and then a Greenshank accompanied by THE Yellowlegs flew into the marsh. The light was just perfect to pick out the colour of the legs and it was easily seen through my binoculars but I was offered a view through somebody’s telescope. I’m so fortunate.

Before going back to the car I took a stroll along the tidal road and saw another Greenshank, Mallards and a mixed flock of Blue Tits and Great Tits flew into the hedge.

I returned home feeling a sense of thrill at seeing something new and refreshed from a stroll in our lovely countryside.

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Antiques and Collectibles Badminton and Table Tennis
Book Group Bridge
Canasta Classical & Music Enjoyment
Crafts and Textiles Cribbage
Devon Pubs Discussion Group
Family History French Conversation
Garden Visits Golf
Literature Group Local History and Places of Interest
Local History Group 1 and 3 Local History Group 4
Local History Group 5 Lunch Club
Maths is Fun Meditation
Natural History Painting Group 1
Painting Group 2 Photography
Play Reading Psychology for Fun
Quiz Group Scrabble
Singing for Fun Theatre and Cinema Group
Ukelele Walking
Walking - Medium Distance Walking Netball
Weather and Climate Wine Appreciation, Light Hearted