Good cirl bunting news from England


This video is called Cirl Bunting singing (Emberiza cirlus).

From Wildlife Extra:

Cirl buntings make a comeback in south Devon

The cirl bunting once faced extinction in the UK. However, it is now making a comeback in its south Devon stronghold.

In November 2008 the RSPB purchased Labrador Bay in Devon from Teignbridge District Council.

A contributing sum of £100,000 towards the purchase came from Devon County Council as compensation for what had been predicted to have a significant impact on cirl bunting habitat – the South Devon Link Road.

The plan for Labrador Bay was to have a reserve that would provide a safe-haven for this colourful bunting, providing all the vital elements it needed to flourish: safe nesting habitat and plenty of food, seeds in the winter and insects in the summer.

Cath Jeffs, cirl bunting project manager said: “At the time of purchase, we estimated that there were three pairs of cirl buntings on site.

“There are now 21 pairs breeding and over 50 birds that winter on the site – we are well ahead of our projected target, which is a fantastic achievement.

“The RSPB has done lots of habitat improvements including hedge and grassland restoration, and it seems that the cirl buntings approve.”

It was hoped that by providing a very productive cirl population on the reserve it would help fuel expansion to other areas.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, said: “We wanted to ensure that the construction of the South Devon Link Road maintained a balance between the economy and the environment, and by helping the RSPB buy this wonderful reserve it will improve its value for wildlife and preserve it for future generations.

“This has provided a positive impact for the cirl bunting population as a whole, as well as other wildlife such as bats.”

A key component of the cirl bunting success story has been community involvement and the support of local volunteers.

The farmer who cultivates the land adjacent to the reserve holds wildlife as a key consideration, and the cirl bunting population that lives off the reserve and around the village of Stokeinteignhead is benefitting as a result.

Labrador Bay nature reserve is now acknowledged as one of the best sites to see cirl buntings in the UK and visitors are rarely disappointed.

For more information visit here.

There will be guided cirl bunting identification walks on the reserve at 9.30am, Sat 26 July, Sun 26 Oct 2014, and Sun 25 Jan 2015.

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3 thoughts on “Good cirl bunting news from England

  1. Reblogged this on Spirit In Action and commented:
    Thank you for sharing this! I love seeing successful local actions like this. People often feel there’s nothing we can do, but everything you do to improve things locally has an effect. Enough local actions will result in global transformation.

  2. Pingback: Good cirl bunting news from Cornwall | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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