Monday, 21 March 2011

Farne Islands, Europe's Galapagos

The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has many good birdwatching sites. But strangely enough the best one is actually two miles away from land! The Farne Islands are regarded by many as Europe's Galapagos which is not quite the ridiculous statement it appears. This National Trust reserve two miles off the Northumberland coast is a place where the birds are totally contemptuous of human beings and have no hesitation in showing it.

Visiting the Farnes is an experience that most birders should make once in their lives. For those of us who visited once is definitely not enough and the sights, sounds and smells leave an indelible mark on our memories. 

The Arctic terns in particular have a way of dive bombing as you walk along the path that passes through their colony. A hard hat is definitely recommended!  Have a fantastic day now.

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