7th April 2017 – Beer Head

Another gorgeous day and so we headed to Beer Head, where we walked along the cliff tops, overlooking the beautiful sea. There was plenty of wildlife to spot, including baby Rabbits and Peacock butterflies, as well as lambs and cows. With fruit pastilles being handed out at regular intervals, Izzy walked without complaining, whilst I either carried E on the hip-seat, or let him walk, then watched him legging it in the opposite direction. At one point, he suddenly launched himself, head first on his belly, down the grass slope.

Afterwards, we got an ice-cream in the village, before exploring the gardens on the other side of the valley, where there was a huge rookery amongst the trees. Izzy decided to roll down the hill, managing to cover herself in dried grass.

Total wild time – about 2 hours

6th April 2017 – Birdwatching for children and Seaton Hole

IMG_0318We had a lovely, sunshiny day, starting with an event at Seaton Wetlands called Birdwatching for Children. We didn’t see the Fox that E was desperate to spot, but we did see Oystercatchers, Herring Gulls, Moorhens and my personal highlight, a Common Sandpiper. Through the telescope we spied on nesting Herons and although E was a bit noisy and over-excited, both kids enjoyed themselves.

After Tesco, a picnic and playing in the playground, we went home to potter around the garden, before heading out again to the dentist. Then, when B finished work, we took Bramble for a walk at Seaton Hole. There was hardly anybody else about, the sea was blue and calm and it was all pretty idyllic.

Total wild time – 2 hours at least

3rd April 2017 – Birdsong at Holyford Woods

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My mum took Izzy. E, Bramble and I for a walk at Holyford Woods. The kids enjoyed running down the hill from Seaton Down, but once we got to the woods, Izzy started whingeing because she didn’t want to wear or carry her coat. This continued for some time, until she eventually carried it with her hood on her head. E copied her. Once the wailing had stopped, we were able to appreciate the amazing sound of birdsong that rang through the woods. We had a guess at how many birds we could hear – Izzy suggested 5. I told her that I thought it must be much more than that.

We noted a single Bluebell in flower, but the woods will be a sea of blue in a few weeks. We walked past the pond and through some very sticky mud. My mum regretted not putting her wellies on and I had to carry E over the worst. E picked up a stick and Izzy decided to make a fairy boat, which involved a lot more whining, because she couldn’t find a stiff enough leaf to use as a hull. I found some Wood Sorrel and we snacked on the leaves. Izzy was interested to know what else we could eat, so we tasted some Stitchwort and Gorse, too. We gave the Wild Garlic a miss, though. Looping back around on the higher path, we found some muddy puddles full of tadpoles. Both kids were fascinated, but I had to stop E sucking the stick that he was poking in the water. We walked on, but E wandered back towards the puddle, where he got stuck in mud up to his knees and had to be rescued. I then had to carry him back up the hill to the car.

I gave my mum carrot cake when we got home – I think she felt she had earned it! Later, we logged our Bluebell sighting on The Woodland Trust website.

Total wild time – 1 hour 40 minsIMG_0313

31st March 2017 – No ducks

IMG_0297E was determined that we should feed the ducks today, so armed with a bag of peas, we headed to the river. Sadly, they were nowhere to be seen. We headed back up the river to Chantry Bridge, where we did find a couple of Mallards, but they were totally disinterested in our peas. E was very disappointed.

Total wild time – about 1 hour