Northunberland and one camera


Northumberland

Beadnell

This small village with it's pretty Beadnell Beach and sand dunes gives a different picture to busier past times when coal, limemaking, fishing and smuggling dominated.

The harbour and the lime kilns date from the C18th.


Common Goose Barnacle (Lepas anatifera)

Annstead Dunes

Annstead Dunes lie between Beadnell and Seahouses and at the seaward edge are up to 10 metres high. The Trust has fenced areas of the dunes to enable grazing using Exmoor ponies to control marram grass and scrub. Plants to look out for include bloody cranesbill, restharrow and hounds-tongue. The beach down as far as the lower water mark provides an important feeding site for many waders, including redshank, ringed plover, curlew and sanderling. (LINK)

Cinnabar moth (Tyria jacobaea)




This hairy chap is one of the Tiger moth  caterpillars, not sure which one. I've had it on iSpot for a few days with no reply, they were in the area as I managed to photograph a moth later on in the week.

Garden Tiger (or Hairy Hubert up here).

Thanks to Stewart (living in Northumberland)




Sea campion (Silene maritima )





The first two days were spent in and around Beadnell bay, the dunes were a wash with many wild flowers I have not seen before, but would discover if you put sea or coastal in front of most common flowers you would have the name of the plant.


In the past we have come in March and the birds are just starting to mate up and in full breading colours, but in June most had young or were moulting, which meant most of the birds were hiding away keep quiet. 

Well that's till we took the boat to the  Farne islands, plenty of birds to see there.
That will be my next post.







Comments

  1. Gorgeous photos, there's something so lovely about a beach isn't there! xx

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  2. Thanks Pam, it's a very special place...
    Amanda xx

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  3. Hello Amanda, these are all gorgeous images. The scenery, lovely beach, flowers and birds are just stunning. Great post. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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    1. Thanks Eileen, for the lovely comment, glad you like our British beaches...Hope you have a lovely week too..
      Amanda xx

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  4. What an amazing brassy sky, beautiful but full of threat

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    1. Thanks Simon, we did have a mix of weather, love the open skies of the coast...
      Amanda xx

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  5. Beautiful photos! I'll look forward to hearing of your trip to the Farne Islands - I had a brilliant trip there a few years ago.

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    1. Thanks Louise,for the lovely comment it is great seeing all the birds on the Frame Island...
      Amanda xx

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  6. Oh you're making me long to be back there - we had such a wonderful time. Am adding this to my list of places for next time. Love all the photos but particularly the barnacle. x

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    1. Thanks Julie, Most people I talked to, like me have been many times to Northumberland as it's such a lovely place to stay, hope you get to go soon. First time we have gone in the summer moths so it was nice to see all the wild flowers.
      Amanda xx

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  7. Gorgeous photos. I've never been to this part of the world and so I've enjoyed seeing something of the wildlife here. I love all the wild plants and insects and of course the puffin. Your first photo is stunning, too, with some beautiful colours.

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    1. Thanks Wendy for the lovely comment, you would love it here, any time of the year offers something different. Holly Island in the summer is a must. I just love the long beaches and open skies....
      Amanda xx

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  8. What a fantastic collection of photo's and so many to enjoy ...
    Your trip to the Farne Islands will provide yet more great photo opportunity!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks Jan for the lovely comment, going through my photo's has made me wish I was still there...
      Amanda xx

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  9. A wonderful post Amanda with some gorgeous photos :) I would so love to go to Northumberland one day. Beadnell Bay looks a superb place to spend time with so much wildlife. Love the puffin and first shot so much :) The wildflowers at the dunes look so interesting. You must have a great holiday and I so look forward to seeing the Farne Island pictures :)

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    1. Thanks RR, you must come and see this part of the world, full of history as well as wildlife. Beadnell is a quiet place to stay (which I like) one shop and two pubs...you just have to get lucky with the weather...
      Amanda xx

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  10. Northumberland looks a perfect coastal break.Fabulous pictures as always.:)

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    1. Thanks Shazza, glad you liked the photos, Northumberland is one of those places you must visit at least once, then you are hooked.....
      Amanda xx

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  11. You're just up the road from me!Pity I'm at work or you could have come to see some moths...your caterpillar is Garden Tiger (or Hairy Hubert up here). June is a quiet time for birds unless you are at the seabird colonies. Good luck with the rest of your stay Amanda, I love to see your photos and the take on Northumberland that visitors have, it makes me feel guilty when we get complacent about what we have on the doorstep.

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    1. Thanks Stewart I would have popped round for a cup of tea and a chat...
      It's nice to see were you live through someone else's eyes as it makes you appreciate what you have, and in Northumberlad you have a lot..
      Thanks for the Garden Tiger caterpillar ID, later on in the week I saw a Wood Tiger Moth in the sand dunes..more photos to come of our week.
      Amanda xx

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  12. Beautiful pictures and collages - looks like tons to discover there. I'm attempting to catch up and will get to your newer posts eventually! xx

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