An idyllic holiday cottage in the heart of Lustleigh on Devon’s Dartmoor

Dartmoor Ponies help revive rare bird

Whilst holidaying at Three Pound Cottage, the Dartmoor holiday home, you’d expect to see Dartmoor Ponies – they’re an iconic feature of Dartmoor.  But would you expect to see Dartmoor Ponies on the coast?

Rare birds at Labrador Bay only 16 Miles from Three Pound Cottage the Dartmoor Self Catering holiday cottage

Cirl Bunting

Well you can, thanks to the RSPB, the Dartmoor Pony Heritage Trust and Dartmoor Farmers from Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

When the RSPB bought Labrador Bay in 2008 there were only 3 pairs of the colourful Cirl Bunting.  In a bid to help this rare bird survive, Dartmoor Ponies are employed as conservation grazers from January to May.

Thanks, at least in part, to the Dartmoor Ponies there are now 30 pairs of Cirl Bunting at the reserve.

Labrador Bay is not only home to the Cirl bunting, you can also see Buzzards, Yellowhammers, Peregrines, Skylarks and fantastic views across Lyme Bay.

This coastal reserve is only 16 miles from our Dartmoor Holiday Cottage and close to Shaldon which offers a great day out by the coast whilst staying at this self catering accommodation.

14 May 19