We went for a walk along the coast on Saturday afternoon to Orcombe Point to celebrate the Trust’s 50 Years of its Neptune Coastal campaign. There were lots of people out and about enjoying the sea, the walks and coastal views. In my view its about the most successful and worthwhile thing the NT has ever done. Long may it continue.
Orcombe Point with its ‘Jurassic Coast’ needle made from all the different types of rock found along the Jurassic Coast
We also saw a few beautiful marbled white butterflies – the NT is now turning its attention to bringing wildlife back to our countryside – lets hope that is as successful as Neptune has been
On Sunday I visited Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve which is owned and managed by Teignbridge District Council. A fantastic display of marsh helleborine orchids
Along with this great longhorn beetle – Strangalia maculata
Here are a few of my pictures from Lundy and here is a link to the full photoset
By the quay looking down the east coast
If it wasn’t for the sea in the background this could be Dartmoor!
The Devil’s Chimney and the Needle
The Devil’s Slide
A cave near the Battery
Rugged shores facing the Atlantic
The Ally Sloper Rock
What an amazing place……
This year the National Trust is celebrating 50 years of our Neptune Campaign for the Coast.
Lundy was bought by the NT in 1969 as part of that Campaign thanks to a very generous donation by Sir Jack Hayward. Lundy is now leased by the NT to the Landmark Trust.
I’ve just got back from a couple of days in West Exmoor with the National Trust Devon Rangers. It was their annual get together to discuss all things rangery.
Rangers in red – just to the east of Heddon Mouth
Stunning landscape around to Woody Bay
Looking west towards Baggy Point
I went to Dawlish Warren yesterday to look for the Sand Crocus Romulea columnae. It only grows on the Warren and one other place in the UK (Polruan in Cornwall). It was first discovered in 1834. Here is a little more information.
6 petals – stringy leaves
It is about 4mm across
It flowers from late March to April and the flowers only open in the sunshine
It was a lovely sunny day with a blue sky and a chill wind at Exmouth yesterday but nevertheless lots of people out and about.
Clouds bubbling in the background
Across the Exe estuary
Out to sea
Lots of dogs on the beach
Down to Orcombe Point
Refuelling mid way through the bike ride
We went up to Saunton Sands in North Devon yesterday for a walk. It was a gloriously sunny but very cold day. Here are a few of the photos I took and here is the link to my photo set.
A low bright sun is always fun to shoot in!
I really like the colours in this one
The moon was less boisterous but was still impressive
I love the kitsch at the cafe
And the helpful advice on my hot chocolate
All followed by a great sunset