• Summer Highlights

    Here are some of Labrador Bay warden (John White) highlights of the summer so far Female peregrine mobbed by 6 ravens in a spectacular flying display. Followed by a fly-past of a peregrine family: male, female and three young, all screaming!...
    • 24 Jul 2015
  • Jo's Pony Blog

    There are currently three Dartmoor ponies at Labrador Bay, Sweet Chestnut, Oakman and Starlight. For details of the farm where our ponies come from go to http://www.northhallmanor.co.uk/ . Their role is carrying out important conservation work through...
    • 29 May 2015
  • Labrador Bay Sightings and News (by John White, Labrador Bay Volunteer Warden)

    After the excitement of the eclipse – Labrador Bay was a great vantage point to view the phenomenon – spring is slowly springing on our slopes and in our hedgerows. The star of the show – the Cirl Bunting has had a good winter with...
    • 17 Apr 2015
  • An April Lab Bay update

    Hello, Mark here to update you on our work at Labrador Bay. We went to Lab Bay last Thursday to complete a couple of jobs that were on our list. The posts of a pedestrian gate south of the car park were replaced as they were rotten, so hopefully these...
    • 10 Apr 2015
  • Good News For Cirl Buntings

    Greetings from Labrador Bay, via the Exe Estuary office! As Mark mentioned last week the work of scrub clearance on Waterfield, the very steep section, has been completed for the year. The ponies and sheep will soon take over the job of keeping the...
    • 13 Mar 2015
  • We have finished the scrub clearance :-)

    Hello again, time for another Labrador Bay blog! This week we have finished our work at Labrador Bay for this year, where we are restoring grassland to benefit Cirl Buntings. We had another Thursday work party day there this week to remove more small...
    • 6 Mar 2015
  • Labrador Bay Update

    Over the past couple of weeks we have been working at Labrador Bay to remove a large area of scrub in one of the fields to open up the grassland. Cirl Buntings are residents of much of southern mainland Europe and some select areas of the south of England...
    • 9 Feb 2015
  • Gate repair and footpath clearance

    This week we took a day out with our Thursday volunteer work party from Exminster to Labrador Bay , just to the south of Teignmouth. This reserve, inteded by the RSPB as a home for Cirl Buntings , is made of fields running along part of the South...
    • 7 Nov 2014
  • Location location location

    As one of the UK’s rarest farmland birds, the Cirl bunting is quite choosy about where it lives. Major changes in agricultural practice has reduced suitable habitat for these special birds. By the end of the 1980’s they were restricted to the south Devon...

    • 11 Jul 2014
  • Fancy a walk?

    Cinnibar moths are around the reserve brightening up the day with their beautiful red and black colours, or even as caterpillars with their bright yellow and black which can be seen devouring the ragwort. On a hot day like yesterday, weed pulling can...

    • 4 Jul 2014
  • The Rag Trade

    If someone asked you to spend a day pulling up ragwort, what would you say? ….. Well that was exactly what I thought, but it was nothing like that. Firstly I’ll just fill you in with some of the back story to understand the need for rag pulling before...

    • 6 Jun 2014
  • Labrador Bay Schools work

    A few Wednesdays ago there was a fun pact field trip with Stokeinteighnhead primary school. It’s so nice when a field trip is actually a trip to a field. Especially when it’s a field full of amazing and rare wildlife like the cirl bunting. For the children...

    • 21 May 2014
  • Welcome to the Labrador Bay Blog!

    Hello and welcome to Labrador Bays first ever blog. The RSPB bought this nature reserve in Devon specifically to give the rare cirl bunting a home. So keep those eyes peeled to see one of these beautiful birds singing from the tops of hedges. That is of...

    • 9 May 2014