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27th February 2019 – Sand Point, North Somerset

 

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With the last of the amazingly unseasonable weather forecast for today we decided to go to the seaside. Not the normal sort of seaside but the lovely peninsula of Sand Point on the Bristol Channel (only 30 miles from home).

The National Trust website describes it as follows:

The stunning stretch of coastline around Sand Point and Middle Hope sits north of Weston-Super-Mare. It’s one of the most beautiful parts of North Somerset, and it’s a wonderful place for a picnic, as the views are spectacular.

And so we took a picnic (or at least a few sandwiches and some fruit from the local  supermarket).

We were so confident of the weather that neither of us took a coat. And so good was the weather (sunny all day and at least 16 C – as high as the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain) that as I write this blog I can even feel the effects of sunburn on my face

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I was surprised that I did not see much vegetation to reflect the lovely weather (as I had seen in our local urban park the day before) but I suppose this peninsula is generally very exposed to the elements and nature knows what’s best for itself. Nor were there many birds but fortunately we did see a pair of stone chats and 2 rock pipits and regularly heard skylarks. At sea there were a pair of herring gulls and a dozen or so black-headed gulls. The only thing to reflect the warm weather was a Red Admiral butterfly (much too quick for my photographic skills).

DSCF7715The sea looked like the Mediterranean

DSC09153Wonderful sunshine all day, but misty at sea; so we were deprived the views of South Wales

DSCF7733A herring gull was the first bird we saw

DSCF7745Mr Stonechat

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DSCF7775One of two rock pipits

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DSCF7816Black-headed gull

Back at the (sheltered) car park there was a blue tit feeding off a tree which was beginning to blossom.

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DSCF7893Catkins at the car park

DSCF7852Gorse on the peninsula

 

 

 

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26th February 2019 – Stoke Park, Bristol

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Record temperatures for February were recorded in Britain today at over 20 degrees. I only had a brief walk across to the local park and there was lots of evidence of an early spring with the blackthorn looking really special.

I didn’t see many birds but I saw later in the day that lots had been spotted. I must have been idling in the sun.

IMG_5086It looks inviting, doesn’t it? You have to walk under a motorway though.

DSCF7626It’s hard to believe it is only February.

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DSCF7697The blackthorn blossom is beautiful

DSCF7680The bull rushes were spreading their seeds in the gentle breeze

DSCF7646The Canada Geese were enjoying the sun too although they were occasionally agressive to each other.

IMG_5085The trees know it’s only February – no signs of buds yet