We took a trip to Brownsea Island yesterday as that was what I wanted to do as my birthday outing with Andy…we took a boat from Poole Harbour. Poole Harbour is the second biggest natural harbour in the world…second to Sydney. But where Sydney is deep, Poole is shallow.
‘We have to stay between the posts so we don’t run aground,’ our jovial guide informed us, adding, ‘like yesterday.’
There were many comments like this.
‘There are still pirates in Poole today. One of them is our boss.’
You get the picture.
I was desperate to see one of our native red squirrels, especially after failing to in Northumberland, and Brownsea Island, apart from the Isle of Wight, is the only remaining place in the South of England where you can find them. Basically the grey squirrels haven’t managed to run them out of there because it’s an island… Although apparently up North the Pine Marten, traditionally the red squirrel’s arch enemy, is now helping them – the non-native grey squirrels are heavier so can’t get out to the tips of the finest branches, and thus they are helping to control the grey squirrel population a little…can’t remember how I know that. It was probably on Springwatch.
Anyway, we ended up seeing five, which was delightful, none close enough to take a good photo, but still we had a good view through binoculars – delightful. Here are my two ‘spot the red squirrel’ pictures:
Can you make it out??
They move very fast….
There is a nature reserve on Brownsea Island, which includes a lagoon with lots of birds…I wrote them down but can’t find the piece of paper right now so will have to list from memory…kingfisher, avocet (dozens), black tailed godwits, bar tailed godwit, 3 greenshanks, redshanks, oystercatchers, cormorants, shoveler ducks, common sandpiper, grey plover, teal, moorhen, little egret, black headed gull, greater black backed gull, terns.
A lovely day, although I was exhausted last night (& dopey today). Yesterday was actually sunny in places, which is frankly astonishing at the moment. It was very well timed.
Wednesday: 5/10, medium low
Today: 4/10, medium