Thurlestone Bay is a bird rich area of the South Hams (part of devon). Although not having an estury the patch has several sites which produce a wide diversity of species.
Individual sites which collectively are referred to as Thurlestone Bay are :-
- Thurlestone Marsh - A freshwater flood plain with an expanding area of reeds.From 2020 virtually dried out following extensive clearing work by the farmer who owns the land . Another loss of a fantastic habitat
- South Milton Ley- The second largest fresh water reed bed in Devon. Base for the ringing team. Owned by the Devon Birdwatching & Preservation Society.
- South Huish Marsh - A freshwater marsh which has been managed by DBWPS for more than 15 years.
- Thurlestone Bay - One of the coastal sites in Devon for sea watching, can be particularly rewarding in Spring with south-easterly winds. Beaches and rocky shoreline attractive for waders
- West Buckland valley is one of the few areas with trees at the sides of a small stream, some good breeding records
- South Efford Marsh and Avon Estuary at Aveton Gifford
Patch list totals
- 2011 - 198 Species
- 2012 - 198
- 2013 - 196
- 2014 - 195
- 2015 - 187.
- 2016 - 202
- 2017- 204
- 2018- 205
- 2019- 203
- 2020- 194
- 2021- 201
- 2022- 186