I haven't been to Arne for years, close to it on Hartland Moor and Middlebere but we have tended to avoid Arne because of the numbers of people there, but yesterday I decided to go there. I was pleasantly surprised and found that despite the car park being full I could escape off into a quiet bit....off the grockle beaten track! I found a hide looking over the harbour, it was a hide with two floors, I went downstairs and was able to watch on my own and upstairs appears to have been crowded by the number of feet that were clattering about above me and the general noise. I'm not really a solitary person except when I'm bird watching!There were deer everywhere as you can see in the photo.
Looking out I could see alot of Shags, Redshank, and lots of Little Egrets...is it my imagination or have the Grey Herons declined in numbers since the Egrets have turned up?
A group of Mum's were down there with their children and a group of about 10-12 little boys aged 5 to 10 were running through the woods with big sticks chasing each other. Some of them were hiding in the ferns from the others but not very well as they were too excited to be quiet when they were hiding! As they ran past me I heard a little boy shout to his friend " This is my best day in the world!" Although I'm sure they annoyed some of the serious bird watchers I thought it was lovely to see children outside doing what children should be doing. Lets get our youngsters out into the fresh air just to be what they are...young and exuberant.
Saw this fine toadstool at Middlebere, I don't know what it is, I will look it up.
This was a huge beastie which was moving around and buzzing in a demented sort of a way...again I'm not sure what it is.
Anyway I did enjoy my time at Arne and I will return sometime and spend more time just sitting and less time walking!
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