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Sealife
By     |    Aug 30, 2013
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Sealife

There are no clouds in the sky and on this August bank holiday, the fishing village of New Quay on Cardigan Bay is packed with holidaymakers. We join the throng on the pier and stare out to sea. We have only been there a few minutes when a dark shape lumps out of the water. A ripple of excitement goes through the sea watchers and someone shouts “Dolphin!” I point [...]

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Rockpooling
By     |    Jul 27, 2013
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Rockpooling

We slide and slither down the steep, rain-gouged path to the beach and race to cool off in the sea. We swim in the gentle waves, then, refreshed, potter about the rock pools with a net and white tray. With our first dip of the net we catch a Common Prawn. Then, we lift some stones and find a handful of Common Shore Crabs, which wave their pincers at us [...]

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Lizards in the dunes
By     |    May 6, 2013
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Lizards in the dunes

It is the bank holiday weekend and Dawlish Warren is teeming with tourists, but away from the dodgems and the fish and chip shops, a little bit of wilderness can be found. Between the golf course and the beach is a strip of sand dune habitat that few holiday makers ever reach. We trek from the car park through the nature reserve, passing a pond containing Canada Geese, Mute Swans [...]

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An accidental Adder
By     |    Mar 25, 2013
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An accidental Adder

Sometimes you have to search long and hard for wildlife. Sometimes, it is just a case of being in the right place at the right time. We are in Pembrokeshire on holiday and it is a beautiful sunny morning. Izzy has walked a long way already, with a brief playground stop, from the cottage in Newport down to the Nevern Estuary. Mute Swans, Canada Geese, Wigeon, Mallards, Teal, Little Grebes [...]

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Fossil hunting
By     |    Mar 3, 2013
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Fossil hunting

We cross the footbridge over the River Char, Izzy mimicking the female Mallards that quack below us, and spot Rock Pipits and Pied Wagtails flitting about the shack that serves as a beach cafe. Izzy is excited to find a large piece of driftwood, which I help her to climb over. Then, she spots the water and with a shout of “Sea!” runs towards it, tripping over the pebbles in her haste. She splashes [...]

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