Friday, 31 May 2013

Berry Head Bat Walk and Garden Wildlife

So excited. This evening we are off to Berry Head for a guided bat walk organised by the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust. We will be able to see the Greater Horseshoe Bats in their roost from the Visitor Centre camera and then walk along Berry Head to see them coming out from their roost. We'll be able to listen to them on bat detectors as well. I'll let you know what it was like.

We  have bats in the garden every evening and I'm sure they are Pipistrelle, but I'm going to check that out with the ranger tonight. Here's a great website on bats, gardening for bats and how to encourage them into the garden. Has anyone visited Chester Zoo's bat enclosure? It's an amazing experience with hundreds of free-flying bats around you as you walk through it.

I have planted moth friendly plants too, like Evening Primrose and will get some more in later, like nicotiana and night scented stock. Moths Count from the Butterfly Conservation website has listed all the plants that attract moths if you want to check it out.

Geum rivale leonard photo for Countryside Tales

Sad news from Seagull Sagas. The MDs nest was destroyed, taken down by a human and stuffed into a black plastic bag, eggs n'all. The poor birds called out for ages-I hate that sad sound, it gets right into my heart, I know it means bad things have happened. They have recovered (probably more than me and my neighbour) and are now looking at their old site, refurbishing the old nest. I hope it's not too late for them.

On a happier note, I'm enjoying Spring Watch...are you?

Whilst hedge cutting on Sunday a Slow Worm  popped it's head out of the top, I could have cut it in half-will have to be much more careful next time. We have a lot of them in the garden and I actively encourage them to stay, with sheltered spots in long grass. The females have a thin stripe down their backs. These are still quite small and rest happily during the day under the metal foot of an old spade. I also have a big ceramic dish propped up on some stones and often find them there too. They eat slugs and snails-very helpful in my garden. They are on the side of the garden I leave a little wild, and it's an area I really want to develop into a wildlife habitat.

I've found a new blogger who has started a lovely blog about the wildlife in the Scilly Isles and I think, writes in a really nice style. Take a look at Quite Tall Max on Tresco for beautiful wildlife photos.

I have a new page in the blog for the list of wildlife I see when out and about. It's not going to be a birding list, but hopefully more about the insects around here and more unusual animals-so please take a look as I'll be updating it regularly.

Hope you like the garden photos-this flower bed is only just 2 years old. I have planted it up with insect friendly plants. In the spring it's full of wild primroses.

 Welcome to some new followers. Wendy from Blue Borage and A Herons View Thanks for joining in.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Brixhams Heritage Fishing Fleet

Brixfest 2013 was a great success, helped hugely by the sunny weather we had. It was blue skies and glorious sunshine all day for both Saturday and Sunday and Brixham was very busy. More events continue this half term break, although the weather has changed, with a crabbing competition, a vintage car rally and tours of the magnificent heritage sailing trawler The Pilgrim.

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Brixham Marina Evening Stroll

Having some lovely weather here in Brixham, so on Tuesday evening we went for a walk along the marina. The winds were light and the sun was starting to set. Lots of people out walking, families playing on the Breakwater beach, people sitting on the Breakwater eating ice-creams and kayakers in the harbour.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Orange Tipped Butterfly

Out on a walk to Berry Head during the two lovely days of sunshine we have just had here in Brixham I spotted a butterfly. At first I thought it was a Large White but then just caught the flash of orange. For once I had my camera with me ready to shoot and got a couple of nice images of the male Orange Tipped Butterfly.

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Tiny Torbay Film

Take a look at this great film from Original Concept. Its based on the rather peculiar visitor attraction of Babbacombe Model Village and film from around Torbay which has used a technique called Tilt Shift making everything minature. The film is just fabulous.

Friday, 10 May 2013

My holiday at home

I've just had a fantastic week off work, and had a real holiday for a change. My friend Kathy came to stay and we went out and about every day. My feet really hurt we walked so much! I planned the days out before Kathy came and we were very lucky to have had such good weather. No housework was done, just eating out, drinking just a little and eating lots of ice cream, oh and dressing up as a pirate for the day!

Baby Adder
 This is a baby Adder, it was tiny, we nearly missed it. However when you meet mum and dad, they are huge and hiss a lot if disturbed. Dogs often get bitten by them and it's quite serious if they do.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Brixham Pirate Festival 2013

Here we all are gathered at Brixham Pirate Festival 2013.The weather was fabulous and really helped the two day event go well. It was crowded with people and the atmosphere was great.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Brixham Pirate Festival - this weekend

Brixham is busy preparing for one of it's busiest weekends and another world record attempt, this time for the pirate conga! I will be there and will post with news of our success-hopefully, and some photos.

Finally had some time to re-install Picasa and here is Fairalls Traditional Greengrocers in town which won the prize for the best dressed shop for the pirate weekend. Well done Jake for making a huge effort!

I just couldn't help adding a new blog to my favourites list. Ben Hart is an animal behaviourist at the Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth and has written a wonderful post today on Dante, a donkey with an attitude problem. Its a cuppa and a biscuit read - hope you enjoy it!

I don't know what I've done but Picasa isn't working so I can't download my photos and I'm too tired to do anything about it right now!

Welcome to my very first follower Countryside Tales, its nice to have you on-board.