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

Reviews of 17th, 18th and 19th February Bird Watching Cruises with Ian Waite

Three consecutive trips with some sightings common to them all, particularly the Avocets. It has been a privilege to experience the aerial ballet performed by these magnificent birds as they flew alongside both sides of the boat, in front and behind the boat and overhead.  One of nature’s wonders on our doorstep. It was a

Guided Bird Watching

This week we had three guided bird watching cruises on the beautiful River Exe. We were very lucky with the weather on both Tuesday and Wednesday, but despite the poor conditions of yesterday’s trip there was still plenty to see. With these trips lasting approximately 3 hours there is lots of chance to spot the

Wednesday 4th February Bird Watching Cruise with Ian Waite

Before we left our mooring a Kingfisher flew past into the Marina reflecting the sunshine that stayed with us throughout. The Avocets were again impressive but more spread out.  There were hundreds on the mudflats interspersed with many Shelduck, Dunlin, Curlew and Grey Plovers, a good demonstration of the large number of birds we have

Guided Bird Watching Cruise, Saturday 31st January with Dave Smallshire

A strong northerly wind seemed to keep most of the birds at the sheltered northern end of the estuary today, but the rain missed us and we sailed in lovely sunshine. A Sanderling and some Turnstones were notable as we passed the dunes at Dawlish Warren, though a distant group of Knot on the mud