Tag: Small Heath

In the summertime; Lindisfarne mini-Safari 16/07/2015

by on Jul.20, 2015, under Lindisfarne

Thursday was to be a day of two mini-safaris, and I arrived at Holy Island to collect David and Larraine for the first of those.

Lindisfarne offers remarkable birdwatching during the winter months, but in the height of summer it’s chief features of interest lie in the flowers and invertebrates resplendent in the Northumbrian sunshine.  Marsh Helleborine, Common Spotted Orchid, Common Restharrow, Viper’s Bugloss and Cottongrass were all in bloom, and an accompanying cast of butterflies included Meadow Brown, Small Heath, Dark Green Fritillary, Ringlet and Common Blue.  An unexpected find was a juvenile Wheatear, and the morning had passed by almost in an instant.  Time to head home, for a few hours in the office before our second mini-safari.

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Deja vu

by on Jun.19, 2010, under Birdwatching, Farne Islands, Northumberland, Northumberland Coast

Wednesday was our second consecutive Farne Islands trip.  I collected Steve and Sarah from Belford and after we’d visited a couple of NEWT’s favourite coastal locations it was time to catch the Glad Tidings across to Inner Farne to enjoy some of the best birdwatching Northumberland has to offer.  The sense of anticipation, heightened once the first Puffins, Guillemots  and Razorbills begin to fly by, beaks filled with fish, blends with the clean sea breeze and all of the passengers on board start to get excited.  After the cruise around the islands we landed on Inner Farne and the Arctic Terns went on the offensive.  This year I bought a new hat, after taking a bit of a beating in 2009 🙂  Even though the island is quite small the hour that we spent on there seemed to fly past.  Probably the highlight of the islands this time was just how close some of the Puffins came to where we were standing.  Back on the mainland we walked through the dunes near Low Newton, where there were lots of Small Heath butterflies, more Arctic Terns and plenty of Meadow Pipits.  With the glorious summer weather, it was a really relaxing day.  What would Thursday bring?

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