30th May 2017 – Rainbow activity trail at Seaton Wetlands

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After visiting friends in the morning, we loaded the bikes into the car and headed to one of our favourite places – Seaton Wetlands. There, we followed the Rainbow Trail and did the activities, such as being quiet and listening to the sounds of the wild (wind in the trees, distant traffic and several different types of bird song), throwing leaves and stones into the stream to see whether they floated or sank and finding leaves of different shapes. There were a couple of Rabbits right next to the path (although I totally failed to get a photo), Oystercatchers and Shelducks on the marsh and Swallows zooming around in the sky. The hedges were filled with Roses.

Total wild time – 1 hour 30 minsIMG_0521

12th May 2017 – My birthday

It was my birthday and so B and I went for a lovely bike ride to Seaton in the evening for dinner, through the wetlands, where we saw lots of Rabbits.

Earlier in the day, B took E to the allotment with some visiting friends and Izzy went on a welly walk down to the field by the river with her class.

Total wild time – about 1 hour

8th April 2017 – Harvest Mice, Kestrels and Sandcastles

IMG_0325We started the day at Seaton Wetlands, where the kids scooted and biked to the Discovery Hut. We had come to see the captive Harvest Mice and the Kestrel nest box cam. Afterwards, we drove to Lyme Regis, where we played on the sandy beach. Izzy delighted in digging a ‘Daddy pit’, which we covered with a towel and encouraged B to sit on. We paddled in the sea, where, weirdly, a goose was hanging about. Then, we built a course for some golf-balls, like a giant marble run, before E trashed it with a toy digger.

There was then a lot of whingeing and so we set off for home, where the kids changed out of their wet, sandy clothes, before going to Grandmum and Grandad’s house, where Izzy made a butterfly out of Hazel twigs and they both did pastel drawings. We found zillions of Slow-worms under some roofing felt in the garden.IMG_0329

Total wild time – about 4 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

16th March 2017 – Rollerskating

IMG_0260Izzy and I tried out our new roller-skates at the wetlands, whilst B supervised E on his balance bike. It was not the best way to spot wildlife, as there was quite a lot of screeching (mainly from me!) and I did feel a bit bad about the photographer we were disturbing, but we had a lot of fun and I am sure I spotted a Harvest Mouse nest in bushes next to the main path.

Total wild time – 30 mins

27th February 2017 – Ducks

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I took E and Bramble for a walk around Colyton and was amazed when E correctly pointed out that there were no ‘mummy’ ducks hanging out on the river today. We were also happy to see a rainbow

IMG_0209Later, whilst Izzy was at zumba, I took E to the wetlands for a spin on his balance bike. He giggled hysterically as he careered along the tracks. We paused to gaze out at the Shelducks on Black Hole Marsh. The rain started to fall and by the time we were back at the car, E was complaining of freezing fingers.

Total wild time – about 1 hour 10 mins (E), Izzy 0 mins

5th February 2017 – Where are all the birds?

IMG_0116Not sure where all the birds were at Seaton Wetlands this morning. It was much colder than I thought it would be there, with a bitter wind. E on his bike and Izzy on her scooter, raced around the paths. We were on a mission to find frogspawn, which has been recorded there according to their whiteboards, but we failed to spot any. We paused in the bird hide and saw some Blue Tits, a Pheasant, some Mallards, a Woodpigeon, a Moorhen and what I think was a Yellowhammer.

Later, I took Izzy out for a pony ride and there were signs of Spring everywhere, including a few flowering Barren Strawberry and Primrose plants.

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Total wild time – 35 mins (E), Izzy – 2 hours 35 mins

23rd January 2017 – Ice-skating Mallards

IMG_0077 (1)E, my mum and I visited Borrow Pit whilst Izzy was at zumba and were amazed to find that it was almost entirely iced over. The Mallards skating around on the ice must have been very confused! There were geese flying and honking overhead, as well as thousands of gulls and other waders heading out to sea.

Total wild time – 35 mins (E), Izzy 0 mins

31st December 2016 – Estuary birds

IMG_0002 I took the kids bird watching at Seaton Wetlands. We camped out at Tower Hide for a while and tried to identify the birds we could see – Black Backed Gulls, Herring Gulls and Black-headed Gulls, as well as Little Grebes, Redshank, Mallards, Little Egrets and Shelduck. Izzy drew a lovely bird picture in her new notebook and we waved to two passing trams.

IMG_0001Walking back, we noticed a big flock of Lapwings on an island in Blackhole Marsh and the friendly Robins were in their usual place.

Total wild time – at least 1 hour