Sunday 27th March 2011
Poets Walk Clevedon
It was a cool but dry and overcast Sunday afternoon that ten members of the Society met at the old parish church of St. Andrews, West End, Clevedon for a walk along the coastline of Clevedon Pill, accessing it from the churchyard, along the Poets Walk and around Wain's Hill.
The high tide had gone out just one hour previously, however we saw various wading birds on our way to Gullhouse Point and Blackstone rocks, including shellducks, oystercatchers, curlew, black-backed gulls and a kestrel. Peregrine falcons are known to be in the area on the rocks, but were absent on this visit.
A few bumble bees, both white and orange- tailed were about. Some early flowers were in evidence, such as speedwell, violets, herb robert, coltsfoot, gorse and Alexanders, the last probably being brought to Britain by the Romans as a pot-herb. Last year's teasels could still be seen, and blackthorn was very much in flower along the way.
The chiffchaff, a spring visitor, was heard and seen, as were goldfinch, greenfinch, long-tailed tits and even a cock pheasant. Possibly a wild cherry tree was in flower at the foot of Wain's Hill near the fishing boats.
An enjoyable ramble was had by all. For more information see link below.