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Start Point, Seals and Autumn Squills...

Posted: Tuesday 20th September 2016 by DevonWildlifeWatch

The latest adventure of the Kingsbridge Wildlife Watch as they explore Start Point

...was the name of our September event, and it didn’t disappoint! A glorious day that leant more towards summer than autumn, Kingsbridge Wildlife Watch group was out in force. Rare, golden hair lichen was our first treasured find, led by Gordon Waterhouse – a first for most of us, with kestrels hovering overhead. Next autumn squills, delicate lilac blue flowers and a relative of the bluebell, in the spotlight in the bright sunshine. Further round the headline we sat down and were rewarded with a spectacular performance of seals (8 at the highest of the counting!) hauling themselves out on the rocks at low tide. We set up the telescope and watched their behaviour and enjoyed the stunning views for 30 minutes, no one really wanting to move on. We also had great views of bush crickets and caught a rose chafer beetle which someone remarked looked like the most stunning emerald ring on my finger. As many people commented, a lovely, relaxed wildlife watch where it felt like summer was endless. Many thanks to everyone who came along and as ever for Gordon for enthusing us.
Next event: Saturday 15th October North Sands, Salcombe, rockpooling – please contact Clare on

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