Sunday, 29 December 2013

Broadsands Walk and Wildlife

We went out for a walk with the dog yesterday to Broadsands Beach and Green. The weather was lovely and the sun was starting to set. 


 Plenty of people out and about and lots of bird watchers too (see news items below).


Broadsands Green is a lovely place for a walk looking out towards the sea but with plenty of grass to throw a ball for the dog in safety



Broadsands in the winter

 Setting sun catching the clouds


A few boats out in the bay

Some items from the news

Dart RNLI called out to secure boats after breaking their moorings-watch the video here

Broadsands Beach has been given the all clear after degraded edible palm oil was washed onto shore after the recent storms. Although not toxic to humans, if dogs eat large amounts it can be dangerous. This has happened over the last few weeks all along South Hams coastline and other parts of Devon.

We went off to Broadsands to see if it was about but it had all disappeared thankfully and the beach was clean.

Birding at Broadsands and Brixham-Great excitement and the place filled with Twitchers at the site of  White-billed Divers at the Astra Zeneca site in Brixham. Mike Langman posted this on the Devon Birdwatching and Preservation Society website. Mike was the teacher at the Berry Head photography class I attended earlier this year.

Another storm on its way-oh no! You might be interested in this story from The Express. Sea Scouts in canoes rescuing people from severe flooding in their homes because there was no-one to help them. It's a sad report which reflects the real effects of the crippling government cuts on our essential  emergency services.

I'll leave you with a few wildlife pictures from Broadsands.




Seagulls of all types come in to land here as there is a fresh water outlet here which they like to use to have a bath in. Well it's run off from the roads and can be polluted, but not today.

Just as we were heading back the Broadsands seal put in an appearance for us all which was lovely. We saw it on Boxing Day too.

Happy Holidays
SeagullSuzie

20 comments:

  1. Your pictures of the sun setting over the sea are really lovely, and how wonderful to see that seal! Take care, the wind is starting to get up again here.

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    1. Thank you, the seal is often about at Broadsands and we love to see them. The sky was a lovely colour and reflected in the sea, my photos don't do it justice. The storm lasted 12 hours but was not as bad as the 23rd Dec storm which was terrible.

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  2. Glad that you are all in one piece, and I hope that you stay that way with this horrid weather we are having. The sunset picture is beautiful! Hope that you have a great 2014! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, we survived another storm-fed up with them now!

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  3. Lovely pictures from place I love
    Julie xxxxxxxxx

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    1. Hi Julie, I think Broadsands is one of those places that always looks good now matter when you visit. I love the closeness of the woods to the beach.

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  4. Stunning seascapes and lovely scenes (especially the gulls on the water!) :-) The weather has certainly looked pretty rough down your way lately and here's hoping that things calm down after New Year !

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    1. Thank your David-for once our weather seems worse than yours. Devon is wet in winter but these storms have been horrible. I've had to empty all the bird feeders as the seeds were soaking wet, wash and dry them and put them out again-with each storm I now take them down and pop them into the greenhouse until the rain has stopped.

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  5. I have one of my 'must get to the sea' urges at the moment and your pics were lovely to look at. Been thinking about you this morning with all this wind and hope you are OK. What a time of it we are having at present.

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    1. Thanks CT. I've had a few casualties in the garden-two Torbay Palms have come down, and the lid was ripped off one of my cat kennels. One of my cats loves being out most of the time and so I bought a couple of small kennels so he has shelter. I have painted one as a beach hut-it's so cute! Greenhouse is intact. Roof has leaked and so has conservatory.....grrr!

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  6. Lovely photos of the sea and birds and wonderful to see a seal too :)

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    1. Many thanks-I'm looking forward to getting a longer zoom lens for the birds and other wildlife. The gulls have a great time in the fresh water outlet and it's a regular bathing spot for may different species.

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  7. Some lovely wintry scenes and lovely seal image! I do hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you all the best for 2014!

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    1. Thank you-it's about as wintry as it gets here...unless we have a sprinkle of snow in Torbay. But the light is beautiful at this time of year-so much softer than in summer. Happy New Year to you.

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  8. What beautiful pictures, oh! I long to see the sea! Wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year and thank you for letting us join you on your trips out and about!! Look forward to next years outings!!!!

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    1. Many thanks, we should get out for a few new walks this year-still so much to see and do. We have joined Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts, so I'm sure there will be a few photos from these fabulous places too. We went to Living Coasts on New Years Eve and it is just a wonderful place.

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  9. I love that last one of the seal. OB has three toy seals that he sleeps with and he loved it too. Happy New Year and I look forward to following you over the next year!

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    1. Thanks Em. Paignton Zoo has wonderful seal toys and I was tempted to buy a few, so I know how OB feels..!

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  10. Some wonderful images of what looks like a beautiful place! Love the colours of the sky and the sea. Happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Tom, it is a lovely place to go for a walk and the woods follow the coastline around to Brixham, it's full of birds and other wildlife. When it's not so slippery with mud I'll take a walk with the camera. Happy New Year to you.

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