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Last Updated: Tuesday, 10 August, 2004, 06:42 GMT 07:42 UK
New reserve to attract rare bird
Cirl bunting: Courtesy of Chris Gomersall and rspb-images
Barley has been planted in the reserve to attract rare birds
A new nature reserve is being opened to the public on the edge of Exeter.

The 30-acre Drakes Meadow reserve next to Mincinglake Valley Park, has views over the city to Woodbury, Haldon and across the Exe estuary.

It has been acquired by Exeter City Council on a long term lease from a local farmer.

Part of the land has been planted with spring-sown barley to attract the rare cirl bunting and other seed eating farmland birds.

New Devon hedge banks have been created and barn owl nests put in.

People will be able to walk through woodland and wildflower meadows or just sit and enjoy the views.

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