Chasing Blues Along The White Cliffs of Dover
Sunday, August 28, 2016
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Birding The Royal Military Canal, Kent
Saturday, August 27, 2016
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The contrast between lush vegetation on the landward side and dry grassland and drained marsh on the other was stark, a boundary marked by the canal itself. This presented an intriguing mix of habitats which one moment had us watching a family of Spotted Flycatchers and the next Sand Martins and Stock Doves. Darting between the two like a bolt of lightning were Kingfishers, at least two but probably more. They were an almost constant presence along the three or four mile stretch we walked, occasionally perched up but more often than not seen disappearing around the next corner or over towards a parallel drainage ditch. I tried to keep a tally in my notebook but in the end settled on the slightly vaguer "several". If anyone is aware of just how large the local population is then I'd love to know.
All the time these events were unfolding we were never far from a Dragonfly or Butterfly with species seen including Common Darter, Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Red Admiral, Small White and Speckled Wood. Of these my best photo came of a Common Darter and boy does he look pleased with his berry!
There were also plenty of signs of unseen visitors as well for those taking the time to look. The most obvious were at least two large Badger setts and the most unusual these Woodpecker 'drillings'. I'm sure there's a technical term but for now it escapes me so instead I'll let the photo do the talking.
Heading back into Appledore's well tended lawns and expensive housing I couldn't help wandering how often the locals use what's on their very doorsteps. We met not a soul heading out and only one single couple on the way back. According to my sister this is not unusual which was great for us but a shame to not see the canal being more widely enjoyed. Perhaps I'm being overly pessimistic so come on Appledore, next time we're down your way I expect to see far more people pondering the fruits of our long-standing feud with them over the channel.
Weeting Heath and Wicken Fen
Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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Carreg Cennen Castle - Cows and Clouds
Sunday, August 21, 2016
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Friday, August 19, 2016
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Sunset From Pen y Fan
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
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Waterfall Country - The Return
Monday, August 15, 2016
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The Glorious 13th
Sunday, August 14, 2016
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The Inglorious 12th #notsoglorious
Friday, August 12, 2016
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|Image © Leauge Against Cruel Sports|
- There should be 300 pairs of breeding Hen Harriers in England. This year there are three.
- There should be 500 pairs of breeding Hen Harries on Grouse moors in the UK. A typical year now sees less than 20.
- It is a fact that burning of heather on Grouse moors increases surface run-off leading to a greater risk of serious flooding in downstream areas and increased costs to water companies. These costs are passed on to each and every one of us in terms of increased water rates.
- 36 Golden Eagles have been found dead or lost from Scottish Grouse moors in the last ten years.
- Thousands of Mountain Hares are wiped out each year (legally but it really shouldn't be).
- Illegal traps are set which indiscriminately maim any passing wildlife.
- Wholesale wiping out of Foxes, Stoats and Weasels on Grouse Moors is commonplace. Basically kill anything that could possibly have any kind of an impact on Grouse populations.
Big Butterfly Count and Little Stint
Thursday, August 11, 2016
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Llangorse Three Peaks
Tuesday, August 09, 2016
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|Start: SO 148 268
End: SO 148 268
Overall Altitude Gain: 2,800ft
Terrain: Well defined tracks onto open hillsides with three very steep ascents.
Difficulty: Medium - navigation difficult on open hillsides
High Tide Roost at Pembrey Harbour
Sunday, August 07, 2016
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More Action From Those Dinefwr Badgers
Friday, August 05, 2016
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There's still a couple of weeks left before the Dinefwr Badger Watches finish for another year, and if all goes to plan we'll try and fit in a second trip. If we do then fingers crossed for a lighter evening as the prospect of dappled shade in this setting is simply mouthwatering.
Dinefwr Badger Watch
Thursday, August 04, 2016
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Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger
Wednesday, August 03, 2016
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Back In The Game
Tuesday, August 02, 2016
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With that out of the way you may be wondering what else I've been up to. Sat around watching the TV perhaps? Well yes, admittedly Euro 2016 did take up a couple of weeks but I've also been on a non-stop whirlwind of holidays, long weekends and plenty of DIY. The latter need not interest us here but the rest definitely does. To try and tell the whole tale from scratch would probably take us until Christmas so instead here are just a couple of my personal highlights:
- Cetacean watching by sailing catamaran off the Cornish coast
- Scenery and shipwrecks at Land's End
- Puffin therapy on Skomer
- Week in Northumberland including the Farne Islands - epic doesn't do it justice
- Camping in mid-Wales (the tent leaked) plus a footplate ride on the Talyllyn Railway
- Hill walking in the shadows of Cadair Idris
- Sea kayaking off Gower
- Visit to the Flying Legends airshow at Duxford
- Butterfly hunting around Wicken Fen
- And lots more day trips besides
Also about was a family party of four Chough whilst down on the beach the rising tide was washing ashore scores of Barrel Jellyfish again, a seemingly regular occurrence along Gower's coast. I'd hoped to see a few of these in their natural habitat the following day as we kayaked from Oxwich to Three Cliffs but alas it was not to be.
And just in case you thought I might go this whole post without mentioning the weather once? Not a chance. It's horrendous here at the moment, a typically British start to August but hopefully only a blip before the weekend. In the meantime I'll do a couple of featured 'catch-up' posts before we run headlong into whatever may lie ahead. I hope you'll stick around for the ride.
- Hello! I'm a thirty something blogger based in Wales with an avid interest in birds, nature, wildlife photography, walking, mountain climbing and kayaking. I love anything that involves the natural world and being outside, though rain and I just don't get along. We regularly find ourselves venturing to the Isle of Mull and harbour dreams to move there one day soon. This blog aims to share our adventures and, who knows, hopefully inspire a few people along the way.
- Fan Bay Deep Shelter
- Chasing Blues Along The White Cliffs of Dover
- Birding The Royal Military Canal, Kent
- Weeting Heath and Wicken Fen
- Carreg Cennen Castle - Cows and Clouds
- Goldfinch Drama
- Sunset From Pen y Fan
- Waterfall Country - The Return
- The Glorious 13th
- The Inglorious 12th #notsoglorious
- Big Butterfly Count and Little Stint
- Llangorse Three Peaks
- High Tide Roost at Pembrey Harbour
- More Action From Those Dinefwr Badgers
- Dinefwr Badger Watch
- Badger Badger Badger Badger Badger
- Back In The Game
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