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There have been quite a few of these along the coast of late, more than usual; perhaps enjoying the holiday facilities.
Hi Robert, they are a quite magnificent gull, the largest by miles. I noticed quite a few over the water at Mudeford Quay sitting on the chimney pots. Nice to see.
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Robert can I pick your brains please. I'm an infrequent visitor to HH owing to the journey time. I usually park in the large car park just by the cafe. I then walk towards the activity centre and turn right towards the spit. I have noticed a path that goes left just before the activity centre. Is that worth exploring ?
Very much so as there is a wide ride and a gravel path that runs all the way to Tuckton Bridge. There is a car park which is free at this time of year and you can walk all the way to HH and there are good opportunities along the river before you get to the gate that leads to HH itself. There are grazed fields to the left and right [it's where I got the Curlews last Tuesday] and you pass reed beds, hedge rows, small plantations and small water bodies if you keep to the gravel path which ends up at the activity centre. You can also turn off right just past a wooden walkway/bridge and end up in planted coppices and the wide ride that again will lead back to the gravel path. Either way you can end up at the cafe for a butty and brew. This time of year, best early [10:00hrs] on as you would need time to get back and have decent light both ways. Enjoy
Thanks for that, I'll do some exploring next time I'm that way.
If you go onto the internet and look up 'Dorset Explorer' you can download some good and up to date maps which are very good. I usually enlarge the area that I want to download and then 'print screen' and paste onto a Word document. Much quicker than downloading the whole caboodle.
Hi Chris, if you log on to the CHOG website, it will tell you what birds are around at HH and around the harbour. beautiful day today and if it stays the same I shall venture over to HH tomorrow.
Thanks Robert, I will. I've been to Hayling Island today and had an OK day and as you say lovely weather. I think it's all downhill for the rest of the week though.
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