A shared mission with Redbay Design

Nestled in the heart of Cockington lies Cockington Country Park, a beautiful country estate cared for by Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust.  A park that is also home to Redbay Design, a landscape consultancy that specialises in design through to delivery of sustainable landscape solutions. Redbay and Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust have a shared […]

A new Journey of Growth in our Community Garden

Welcome to our brand new Community Garden blog written by Torbay Coast & Countryside Volunteer Amanda. After years of dormancy, our Community Garden, at Occombe Farm, is springing into life. Our goal this year is simple: to provide fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs to our kitchen and café. We’re off to a good start! We’ve […]

Cockington Water Meadows

Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust is a dedicated conservation charity that cares for nearly 80% of all Torbay’s green spaces, some of which are sites of national and international importance. One of the sites we manage is Cockington Water Meadows. You may have noticed a series of posts on social media from a friendship group […]

Please don’t disturb nesting guillemots!

The breeding season for guillemots is here (March – July), so extra caution is needed when exploring the coastline that we care for at Berry Head National Nature Reserve. In the below picture you can see jet skiers entering the Area of Special Protection recently at Berry Head. They disturbed the guillemots and sent the […]

Calving season is here

Welcome to our latest farming blog written by our Farmer, Justin, featuring new arrivals on the farm… What a wet winter we’ve experienced in Torbay! As depressing as winter can be, we’re now in my favourite time of year when new life seems to burst from everywhere on the farm. And at the same time […]

Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust is working to protect the rare Brown Hairstreak Butterfly

Nestled along Preston Down Road, Paignton lies a green haven meticulously tended by the Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust. Here, the rarely seen brown hairstreak butterfly finds its home, thanks to the Trust’s diligent efforts. Their methodical approach involves rotating cleared areas, ensuring there’s always a variety of young blackthorn—a favourite laying spot for the […]

We’re working to give our Memorial Rose Garden a brighter future

The roses in our Memorial Rose Garden at Cockington Country Park have sadly reached the end of their 10 year life span and are now in need of replacement. To ensure optimal growth and prevent rose dieback disease, we need to replace both the roses and the soil. As a result the Memorial Rose Garden […]

Welcoming Spring: Preparing for lambs at Occombe

As the chill of winter begins to fade away we’ve been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a new season: lambing time! If you’re curious about what goes into preparing for these cute additions on our farm, you’re in the right place. Within Occombe we have two locations where we welcome our spring lambs. These include […]

Innovative campaign launched to protect Berry Head’s fragile ecosystem

Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust, a dedicated conservation charity that cares for Berry Head as well as 76% of Torbay’s natural green spaces, has launched a striking new campaign designed to encourage dog owners to pick up their dog’s mess. Their ‘Purple Poo Campaign’ aims to reduce the amount of dog waste at Berry Head, […]

It’s time for pregnancy diagnosing!

Justin our Farm & Estate Manager shares another update with us – this time focusing on pregnancy diagnosing of our herd who have recently moved inside for winter.

A unique Christmas gift that does good too

This holiday season, give the gift of joy and conservation.  By adopting one of Occombe Farm’s animals, you’re not just treating a loved one to a special and meaningful present, you’re also contributing to the protection and preservation of Torbay’s stunning coastline and countryside. How? Occombe Farm, is managed by the conservation charity Torbay Coast […]

Why do cows get moved indoors for winter?

We will be tackling questions like this as well as many others in a series of up-coming blogs written by Justin – our Farm & Estate Manager.   We’ll be featuring seasonal topics about our farming operations, including our livestock and the crops we grow.  It’s also your chance to reach out to us, if […]

Students make a difference at Occombe Farm

Students from Torquay Academy have raised enough funds to enable Occombe Farm to replace the covering of a polytunnel in their community garden. The students, part of the Academy’s Kitson house, carried out a series of events over two years and were recently able to visit the fruits of their labour. Occombe Farm is part […]

Volunteers at Berry Head preserving nature whilst honouring a legacy

Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust have recently welcomed a unique group of volunteers to their National Nature Reserve at Berry Head. The group, from Earthworks Conservation Volunteers, have been making an annual trip from West London and Buckinghamshire for nearly 20 years to Berry Head in Brixham, to honour the memory of a friend and […]

Rare discovery of Ruby-tailed wasp at Berry Head National Nature Reserve

A rare sighting of a ruby-tailed wasp was recently captured on camera within the National Nature Reserve at Berry Head in Brixham, Devon. This remarkable find is causing quite a buzz among nature enthusiasts as the ruby-tailed wasp is one of the United Kingdom’s most stunning insects. The Ruby-tailed wasp, scientifically known as Chrysis ignita […]

Upgrades to Churston Cove path

The steps leading to Churston Cove will be closed from Monday 11th – Friday 15th September (weather permitting) while we undertake necessary improvements and repairs. These include: new and replacement steps, handrails and surfacing works. Please follow the temporary diversion in place as shown by the red line on the map below. We apologise for […]