Kilbride Bay

The Cowal Peninsula, where we recently spent a holiday, is a rather complex mix of land, sea and also islands. The arrow on the map below points at Kames which is where we stayed.

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At the southern end of the bit we were on there’s a bay with a big sandy beach. It is about a mile’s walk from a car park which is just about big enough for three cars so it is never going to be crowded. The walk down to the beach gives you a chance to enjoy some delightful flora and fauna and that’s what we’ll look at here.

We’ll start with knapweed which happens to be one of my favourite flowers.

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There is ancient and fantastic woodland to pass through.

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The bracken is wonderful too but there is a well-made path and you do not need to push your way through it.

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Foxgloves, which I also love, grow along the edge of the path.

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As you get nearer the beach area it begins to look a bit like Scottish machair scenery. The sandy soil produces other

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There are harebells amongst the ragwort and other flowers.

image014Now harebells are another of my favourites.

There is life on the huge beach, but it was a long way from me so my much zoomed in photos aren’t special.

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That’s as taken – already on an 18 times optical zoom. So below we’ll do a bit of digital zooming as well.

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Aha! It’s a ringed plover. There were quite a lot of them scattered across the beach.

Right. That’s moved us on to the fauna so now we’ll return to the woodland.

image019This was a tiny bird, making use of a bit of man-made scenery. I’m not 100% sure but I think this is a young chiffchaff by colour but its size made me think young goldcrest. Any advice would be gratefully received.

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