The DPA and Devon Birds – Exeter Racecourse

The DPA and Devon Birds are delighted to co-host a major one-day conference on the state of Devon’s birds on Friday 6th November 2015 at Exeter Racecourse, Kennford, Devon.

The conference focuses on the current state of Devon’s birds and the conservation measures being taken to create a better future for many of our declining species.

Topics include : key findings from the new Devon Bird Atlas; species recovery programmes; landscape scale conservation and Dartmoor’s central importance for birds.

The conference is aimed at everyone with an interest in Devon’s birds, including members of wildlife organisations, conservationists, land managers and farmers.

Tickets for the day, including all refreshments and lunch, are priced at:

£25 for members of Devon Birds and DPA

£30 for general public

£20 for full-time students

Last few tickets remaining -book now at or via the DPA on 01822 890646

Conference Schedule

8.30am Doors open for registration. Refreshments available.

9.30am Welcome from Norman Cowling, Dartmoor Preservation Association. 9.35am Introduction by Kevin Bishop, DNPA, chair for the morning session.

9.40am Mike Lock and Stella Beavan, editors of the Devon Bird Atlas

10.15am Stephen Moss, keynote speaker

11am Refreshment break

11.30am Martin Harper, Conservation Director, RSPB

12.15pm Kevin Bishop, Chief Executive, Dartmoor National Park

12.45pm John Varley, Chief Executive, Clinton Devon Estates

1.15pm LUNCH

2pm John Walters

2.30pm Harry Barton, Chief Executive, Devon Wildlife Trust

3pm Malcolm Burgess

3.15pm Refreshment break

3.45pm Simon Lyster, Natural England

4.15pm Professor Charles Tyler, University of Exeter

4.45pm Q&A Session

5.10pm Closing remarks by Kevin Cox, Devon Birds

5.15pm Finish


Stephen Moss – one of the UK’s best-known naturalists, a best-selling author and an award-winning TV and radio producer whose credits include Springwatch and Tweet of the Day. He is our keynote speaker for the day.

Martin Harper –  the RSPB’s Conservation Director will talk about the RSPB’s critical work on species recovery, including Cirl Bunting in Devon, habitat management and the key role of nature reserves.

Harry Barton – Chief Executive of Devon Wildlife Trust. He will talk about the Trust’s commitment to landscape-scale conservation and how it is benefiting birds across the county.

Simon Lyster – a board member of Natural England, a former Director General of the Wildlife Trusts and the current Chairman of World Land Trust. He will talk about the governance of natural areas and the farmed environment.

John Varley – Chief Executive of Clinton Devon Estates, one of the largest landowners in the county. John will talk about approaches to land management across a range of habitats that balance commercial interests with conservation.

Other speakers include : Kevin Bishop, Chief Executive of Dartmoor National Park Authority, Stella Beavan and Mike Lock, co-authors of the new Devon Bird Atlas, Charles Tyler, Professor of Environmental Biology at the University of Exeter, John Walters, one of Devon’s most knowledgeable naturalists and  Malcolm Burgess, a leading ornithologist

For directions to Exeter Racecourse please click here