Return Ticket to Nature?
This is a web-site for people who enjoy the North Devon countryside but don't want to use a car.
Over the past couple of years I've been taking my digital camera on public transport around the Ilfracombe area. This is a
record of some of the places, walks, wildlife that I've seen (or not seen) on those walks.
Most of these trips have been day trips. The walks aren't aways circular, this is an advantage to using public transport -
you don't have to return to your car. This allows some open ended walks. As long as you have a good timetable you can change
destinations as the mood takes you. To date these day-trips have taken me as far north as Swansea and the Gower Coast;
as far south as Paignton; as far west as Lundy Island; and as far east as Porlock.
One disadvantage about not owning (or using a car) is that you can't cover as wide a variety of habitats in a day. But,
with a bit of planning, you cover a good range of habitats in two or three day trips.
- Sandy Coasts - Woolacombe, Croyde & Saunton.
- Rocky Coasts - Everywhere else.
- Estuarys - Two Rivers Estuary (Taw & Torridge), Exe
- Rivers - These range from the lazy (Taw & Torridge) to the excitable (East & West Lyn).
- Lakes and Reservoirs - There are no major lakes in the area but there are a few reservoirs to make up
for it (Wistlandpound is the only one I've visited so far).
- Woods Combe means wooded valley - need I say more? Some the best are: East Lyn, Heddon Valley, and
RSPB Chapel Wood, Porlock
- Heath and Moor
- Marsh Porlock
- Towns and Parks
- Islands - Lundy Island
- Sea - Bristol Channel
Any comments: email@example.com
Return to the Isle of Puffins
This web site is very much a work in progress. It aims to be a tool for those interested in Lundy's seabirds. It aims to do this in three ways. Firstly to
provide a record of previous studies of Lundy's sea-birds. Secondly, to cross reference those studies to work at other colonies. And finally, to suggest
directions for future research.
The Birds of Lundy
Tim Davis & Tim Jones|
"This new book documents the birds of Lundy from the earliest fragments of historical information, through the first more
detailed accounts of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, to the formation of the Lundy Field Society
in 1946 and the instigation of regular ornithological recording that continues to this day.
Published jointly by Devon Bird Watching & Preservation Society and Lundy Field Society, the book will contain
some 300 pages. In addition to a colour map of the island and 20 colour photographs of Lundy’s principal bird habitats and
landscapes, the Systematic List will feature almost 100 line drawings by Devon wildlife artist, Mike Langman. Former Lundy
warden and internationally renowned ornithologist Hugh Boyd has contributed the Foreword."
No Return Ticket I've got a job on Lundy Island! I'll be working in the Marisco Tavern from April to October 2006.
(15/5/06) Updates Not So Soon... I've got to change my web hosting. At the moment I can't update my tiscali pages from Lundy.
tiscali will only let me update from Ilfracombe. So soon it will be goodbye tiscali... I'll try to get this sorted in the
next couple of months. But first I've got to count some Guillemots. See you soon.
(15/8/06) Updates... I've finally changed my web hosting. I've now got Virtual Linux hosting from
www.easily.co.uk. This means I can show you my pictures of puffins:
Do you need to find a walking partner?
The Ramblers Association have a forum called
'Find walking companions'. I hope you find this useful.
Bill Oddie, Kate Humble, and Simon King return to Devon and our TV screens. Springwatch is broadcast from
Fishleigh Estate, an organic farm near Hatherleigh.
Nature Walks using Public Transport
Tarka Trail Walks using Public Transport
- Ilfracombe to Combe Martin 5 miles, km
- Combe Martin to Lynton 13.5 miles, km
- Brayford to Lynmouth 16 miles, 26km
- Brayford to Landkey 12 miles, km
- Barnstaple to Landkey 4 miles, km
- Train: Barnstaple to Eggesford 20 miles, 32km
- Eggesford to North Tawton 11 miles, 18km
- Okehampton to North Tawton 10.5 miles, 17km
- Okehampton to Hatherleigh 8.5 miles, 14km
- Hatherleigh to Dolton 6.75 miles, 11km
- Dolton to Great Torrington 12.5 miles, 20km
- Great Torrington to Bideford 5 miles, 8km
- Bideford to Barnstaple 10.5 miles, 17km
- Braunton to Barnstaple 5.5 miles, km
- Saunton to Braunton 7.5 miles, 12.5km
- Saunton to Woolacombe 7 miles, 11.5km
- Woolacombe to Ilfracombe 7 miles, 11.5km
Collingwood Astronomy Club