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Bird Watching

Birdwatching Holiday 

Of course if you are here for a birdwatching holiday then you must also visit the other eco systems in the area.  

The cliff paths have birds of prey such as Peregrine Falcon, Kestrel and Buzzards as well as Fulmars which nest in the bays, and Shags and gulls which roost on offshore rocks and Gannet.

We have marshland at Braunton and the RSPB's Isley Marsh reserve is a short drive and for a day trip Lundy Island, just off the North Devon coast, hosts a haven of rarer birds.

 

Bird Watching in North Devon & Wildlife on the Estate 

Bird watching in North Devon is a popular pastime and at Spreacombe we are lucky with our positioning.

With so much woodand, water and meadow around us, we are blessed with a large amount of wildlife and in particular birds. 

The amazing woodpecker photos were taken by us after Neil, one of our regular guests, showed us where the new family were living.  We quietly sat ourselves down near to the tree and waited for the feeding session to restart.

Buzzards are frequently seen and heard in the skies. They are so graceful and big that it is always a bit wierd to see them being mobbed by crows. 

 

The RSPB Chapel Wood is adjacent to us, and indeed we have our own entrance to this site. It takes its name from the remains of Spreacombe Chapel, a scheduled ancient monument dating from 1270. They state on their website that the birds frequently seen there are Woodpecker (Great Spotted and Green), Buzzards, Nuthatch, Owls and Ravens.

....and then there's the peacock !!  

Also a wild bird the peacock is often a visitor to the bungalow area and given various pet names by our guests, some of  whom I suspect are dropping crumbs for the boys.   Diana Dennis says, “We were amazed to find two young peacocks outside the kitchen one morning in 2005. We’ve no idea where they came from, but they soon decided that the valley was an ideal home. ”

 

 

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