Some elfish behaviour!

There is only 20 days to go until the first of our Sail With Santa Cruises leaves the docks.  With this in mind we’ve been sent a couple of Santa’s Elves to ensure we have the age and gender of all the boys and girls coming to see us and start wrapping the 1500 presents

Sunday 8th November 2015 – our first cruise of the season

It was good to be back for the first bird watching cruise of the winter. Although breezy with drizzle at first, it proved to be a good one. In the estuary mouth, just off the seaward side of Dawlish Warren, was a female or immature Long-tailed Duck – let’s hope it stays for the winter!

It’s November, can we mention Christmas?

Because we really really think you’ll want to hear what is going on! Admittedly, non of us have started our own Christmas shopping or planned much beyond who is cooking the turkey but when it comes to the Festive season on the boats we have been in full swing since last winter! There is still

This week we had the first of our Cream Tea Cruises and our second Ploughman’s Lunch Cruise of the year!   Both of these cruises have proved to be extremely popular with groups this year, with over 10 planned so far of each cruise there is no reason to miss out on joining us!  

This week two of our staff members, Ian and Philippa, have been at the Best of Britain and Ireland Trade Fair exhibiting with South Devon Railway, Powderham Castle and Devon’s Top Attractions!   The aim of these trade fairs is to attract tour operators and group organisers to our attractions. We have been working together

Bird Watching with Dave Smallshire, Saturday 7th March

We had a lovely afternoon for the last birdwatching cruise of the season, with the early spring sunshine showing up the colours of many birds to good effect. The inevitable human activity off Exmouth meant rather few birds there, although a couple of Turnstones were sat on rocks near the marina. We couldn’t find the

Colour Coded Recycling Bins

Here at Stuart Line we are always looking at ways to improve things on the boats and in the offices.   Our newest purchase are colour coded recycling bins for both of our boats.   We have always recycled the waste on the boats and up until now we have separated the bins by hand and

Bird Watching with Ian Waite, 5th March 2015

My last trip of the winter featured a couple of smaller birds. At Topsham a Kingfisher posed for photographs, and at Powderham on our return sitting on a wall was the Snow Bunting. A very confiding bird which fortunately for us chose the closest location possible to the boat, which Jake had stopped for us..

Guided Bird Watching with Dave Smallshire, 4th March 2015

Another lovely sunny morning with fabulous light showing up the glossy green of the Shags and drake Red-breasted Mergansers to best effect. Rather few of the former are in the estuary now, most of them being back on their breeding cliffs, but there are still lots of Mergansers. Groups of five then six Great Crested

Guided Bird Watching with Dave Smallshire on Sunday 1st March

Another lovely sunny morning for the cruise, with a fresh westerly wind. Shag numbers have declined as the breeding season approaches, but there were still some nice adults sporting crests in the outer part of the estuary. The Spotted Redshank was with half a dozen Greenshanks off Powderham and several groups of Sanderlings fed along