Come and see South Devon's most threatened birds
Experience one of the UK's most threatened bird species on an RSPB walk at the Labrador Bay reserve this Sunday.
Situated 1.5 miles south of Teignmouth, Labrador Bay is the only RSPB reserve where cirl buntings breed. The birds have suffered severe population decline over the last 25 years, and are now confined to the south-west of England. Due to specialist farming and habitat management, their population is now soaring again, with the number of breeding pairs on the reserve increasing from 2 to 16 in the last five years.
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The walk will give visitors a unique chance to experience a nationally scarce species, living at the limit of their European range. Late February is an especially good time to observe the birds, as they will be singing as a prelude to pairing up and breeding.
John White, volunteer reserve warden, said: "I am delighted to have this opportunity to show RSPB members and the public around our beautiful coastal reserve.
"On this pre-spring walk, cirl buntings should still be in their flocks and will be starting to sing. As the farmland is managed with the minimum amount of pesticides and herbicides, we also have the chance to see good old fashioned farm birds like skylarks. We may even see peregrine falcons, and will constantly be on the lookout for seabirds."
The reserve shares much of its land with a working farm, and visitors will also enjoy spotting cattle and sheep, as well as the four Dartmoor ponies that are kept for conservation purposes.
The walk will take place on Sunday 24 February, 9.30-12.30, and will begin at the Teignbridge District Council car park. The event is free for RSPB members and £3 for non-members. There is no need to book. For more details call 01392 432691 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or visit http://www.rspb.org.uk/events/details.aspx?id=tcm:9-326939