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.