Sunday, 30 October 2011


The National Trust had their annual End Of Season Guided Walk today. The only problem was, due to unforeseen circumstances they had nobody available to actually take the walk! So rather than cancel the walk and disappoint the members of the public taking part, the Trust asked if the Coastal Conservation Group could possibly step in and take on the guiding duties. Of course we were only too happy to do so. And so myself, John, Steve, Dougie, Andy and Dave greeted the public at 10am and took them on a hugely enjoyable 7mile ramble. The route taken started at Souter Lighthouse, south along the coast to Whitburn Steel, through Whitburn village, inland through Wellands Farm, up to Cleadon Hill, over the golf course to Marsden Old Quarry and back along the coast ending once more at the Lighthouse. The walk took around 3.5 hours to complete and we were treated to some glorious weather along the way. Although it wasnt strictly speaking a wildlife walk, we couldnt help but show the walkers all that was around us, the highlights being a couple of Grey Seals bobbing on the sea and a gorgeous Little Owl sunning itself in Marsden Quarry. The Owl in particular proved very popular, with everyone clamouring for close looks. At the end of the walk we were delighted to hear that everybody had thoroughly enjoyed the walk. The Group members also had a great time, we always find great pleasure in sharing the fantastic wildlife our area has to offer. Its one of the main remits of our Group, bringing the public and nature closer together and days like this are of huge importance. Today was a good day. The people went home happy, the Group went home happy, everybody is happy! And I didnt Ring a single bird!

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