Thurlestone Local Patch (Click to enlarge)

  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.
  • South Milton Bay - 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