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Visit to Torquay and Living Coasts attraction

Yesterday we went on the Buckland St Mary Bellringers’ outing  to Torquay.  We are not bellringers but like a lot of people just went to make up the numbers.

The coach dropped us off at the harbour and we admired the boats whilst having a coffee. DSC03397

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On one side of the harbour was the entrance to “Living Coasts” attraction, which is part of Wild Planet Trust – a conservation charity whose vision is for a world rich in wildlife and wild places.  Their aim is to protect our local coasts as well as playing a key role in breeding programmes for rare species.DSC03403

In an netted area were a number of birds, native to the UK but which we had never seen before such as Cormorants, Puffins and Guillemots and several wading birds.DSC03421

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DSC03414The next area was Penguin beach, where a solitary penguin was sunbathing and then all its friends were on the beach.DSC03405

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Living Coasts also had ottersDSC03425

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and underwater areas to view seals and penguins swimming, along with glass tanks with seahorses and  lionfish.DSC03433

Through out the day there were feeding times for all the species and they catered for adults and children alike.

Living Coasts also had an environmental message about saying “No” to single use plastic, taking part in beach cleans and buying sustainable fish.

It was well worth the visit and lovely to see all the different birds and animals in such relevant surroundings.

 

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4 new hens

Having had a couple of recent fatalities in the hen run (due to natural causes I hasten to add, no fox treats here), we decided to add to our brood and yesterday purchased 4 new hens from Darren at Manor Fram in Ilminster.

All 4 hens are point-of-lay so not chicks, and we were able to put them in with the flock straight away.

Two hens are known as “Silver Rocks”.  They are mostly black with silver streaks.  Here is Neil holding one.

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Our other two hens are a “Sussex Rocket” which is white with little black and a “Rhode Rock” which is black with a golden bib.  I’m afraid I don’t have pictures of those two as my camera ran out of puff and today whilst it is charged up, it is raining so not a day for pictures.  I’m wondering how our new girls are liking the rain, having been kept in a barn up until now and not having encountered the rain.  We shall have to see how they get on and when they start laying.

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Birds on a wire

The other day the swallows were circling round and round and in great numbers.  I thought perhaps they were amassing before their migration but it’s still a bit early for that.  They landed on the telephone wire in front of our house.  I tried to capture them on my camera but some flew away as soon as I went into the front garden.  Here are the ones I managed to capture.

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A couple of days have now passed and they are still here, so I don’t know what all the flying around was about!!

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Cheepsters in the box

Earlier in the Spring Neil put up a bird’s nesting box high on the wall, out of reach of cats and other creatures.  Two Bluetits have taken up residence and we saw them continually coming and going as they were nest building.  Then we started to hear the cheep cheep cheep coming from the box and knew that the baby birds had hatched.  One is getting quite bold now and keeps appearing at the door way.  After standing there for quite some time I managed to catch a picture of him at the door .DSC00171

You can just make him out.  I wonder how long it will be before they fly the nest.

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