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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

DSC03417 There were signs to tell  you which birds were which.DSC03411

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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Where was Aiden Turner when we were at Charlestown Harbour?

As were staying near St Austell we visited it’s Charlestown Harbour where they shoot the harbour scenes for the Poldark series on TV.  However they were not filming at the time and Aiden Turner was no where to be seen!

There was a tall ship in the harbour.DSC03250

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And another boat.DSC03258

We walked around the walls of the harbour.DSC03253

And looked out onto the beach.DSC03252

It was a drizzly day but we made the most of it, at least it was quiet. Here is Neil sitting by the harbour.DSC03249

We ventured into the Shipwreck and Heritage centre for a coffee and a look around the museum.  There was a lovely stained glass window in the entrance.DSC03259

The museum contained many exhibits of shipwrecks and the finds that divers had retrieved on their excursions under the sea.

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