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12
Mar
17

A juxtaposition of events

We went to watch ‘Kong – Skull Island’ the other night at the cinema. Give it a miss; thin non-captivating plot, mediocre acting and CGI worthy of no more than a computer game. It was a late showing so we drove back home quite late at night. I like driving in the dark. We went by the scenic route. Country lanes, field edges, roadside copses and overhanging trees. It was mild too. I expected badgers, deer, rabbits, hares and the odd owl. What did we get? … a single, lonely moth. Just the one!

And yet … earlier in the week we had been for a walk along the dunes to see the Grey Seals hauled out on the beach. We didn’t count them all but it was plain to see there were a lot. We estimated there to be 3000 over a mile or so of beach. It wouldn’t have been far from the true number. This is more than I’ve ever seen before… anywhere. The tide was high and it was a weekday with few people and dogs around. Seals will have been pushed here from the sandbanks off Yarmouth and there was little disturbance to push them back into the sea here so numbers would be at a peak. 3000 equates to 1% of the world population. Even this weekend when things were much busier with people I did a more accurate count on a lower tide and there was 1426. Less than half the number than a few days earlier but that’s still a lot of seal flesh perched on the sand. Nothing less than a wildlife spectacular. A scene from an Attenborough episode.

What a juxtaposition of events.

When we have such spectacles and numbers it’s easy to think everything is ok. To think things are on track; that nature is in balance and our wildlife is safe.

 

30
Dec
16

That time of year again

The end of another year is almost upon us. Goodbye 2016 and hello 2017. Thinking back through the last twelve months there’s been so many good sightings; so many good times. It really has been a good year.

The Geese and Goosanders on the Solway Tour performed for us as did all the specialities on the April Scotland Tour. The Mull tour was spectacular; eagles, whales and more. Canada leaves Humpbacks breaching through my memories for many years to come. Scilly was a classic. Orchids, butterflies and Nightjars all played a part during the year. So many sightings, so many places.

If I was to choose one moment; one sighting above all others, it would have to be seeing Cuvier’s Beaked Whales in the bay of Biscay. Beautiful, enigmatic, specialised life forms that we can only peek at through tiny keyholes in time before they descend once more to the depths.

Happy New Year… have a good one.

cuviers-beaked-whale

 

05
Oct
16

Norfolk Wing

This year’s ‘Norfolk Wing’ the online magazine from Wildlife Tours & Education is now available here

norfolk-wing-2016-17

02
Aug
16

Tresses

Deep in among the pines. Hardly noticeable on the short mossy turf were a host of small orchids. Creeping Ladies Tresses are not showy bright flowers; they are just two or three inches tall, nor are they common. These are yet another orchid that hug the ground with modesty. Perhaps the best showing on the coast for many years we found 130+ spikes.

2016 07 28 Creeping Ladies Tresses Holkham Norfolk_Z5A9925

29
Jul
16

The Jurassic Coast Wildlife Tour

Earlier this month we completed the Jurassic Coast Wildlife Tour to Dorset. Here’s further details of the tour and how to book a place on next years tour. The photos below are just some of what we saw this year.

Wall Lizard

Wall Lizard

Twayblade

Twayblade

Small Red Damselfly

Small Red Damselfly

Sika Deer

Sika

Sandwich Tern

Sandwich Tern fledgling

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

Razorbills & Guillemots

Guillemots & Razorbills

Raft Spider

Raft Spider

Pyramidal Orchid

Pyramidal orchid

Nightjar

Nightjar

Musk Orchid

Musk Orchid

Mediterranean Gull

Mediterranean Gull

Marbled White

Marbled White

Lulworth Skipper

Lulworth Skipper

Large Red Damselfly

Large Red Damselfly

Green Woodpecker

Green Woodpecker

Fragrant Orchid

Fragrant orchid

Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warbler

Dartford Warbler (2)

Dartford Warbler

Common Tern

Common Tern

Common Spotted

Common Spotted Orchid

 

25
Jul
16

Bog Orchid

Almost imperceptible. Completely hidden. In the words of others; ‘If you didn’t know it was there, you wouldn’t see it’.

Bog Orchid is a rare small plant just a few centimetres tall found amid boggy ground. Seeing it is always difficult. Getting near enough to photograph it is a wet feet and knees job.

Bog Orchid 2

Bog Orchid 1

11
Jul
16

The orchid of Bees

Bee Orchids gave a reasonable show this year. Here are a few shots taken on Norfolk day tours.

Bee Orchid 1 Bee Orchid




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