There were a lot of cars in the car park, but I saw no one on this long walk. It was a greyish afternoon, a bit windy for bird watching but good to get out. And still plenty to look at (never mind the mosses!).
I was very happy to get this shot of Blue Fleabane, considering the way it was jumping about in the wind.
I found a large colony of willow and birch in one of the dune slacks – probably not great news for the plants, but it just shows how quickly things can change.
The wind had left its sweeping marks on the dune sand.
There were reminders everywhere that we’re well into autumn now. The sunny yellow of the Sea Sandwort leaves stood out.
I also liked the way the Silverweed leaves colour up then make silvery curls.
And there were bright red stalks on the sycamore seedlings.
Moss-wise, I took pictures and a sample of the vivid green moss which looks like a miniature forest, for later ID, but also couldn’t resist these furry clumps of Grimmia pulvinata on the tank traps.
I stopped to look at a bird, and became aware that a squirrel was tutting at me behind my back. I listened and watched for a while, but never saw it. However, there was plenty of evidence on the ground…
At the end of the path, the tide was too far out for many birds, but there were a couple of seals on a sandbank.
Decided to go the long way back, down through the wood, along the side of the military base, then across the moor and up the road to the car park. It turned out to be a bit of a hike. However, there were some good things to look at.
I also saw the rusty liverwort Nowellia curvifolia on its rotting log, some Lesser Stitchwort still flowering on the moor, two kinds of heather in the wood (too dark to photograph) and – finally, when I was getting quite tired – two squirrels scampering about at the foot of the beech trees beside the road.