Saturday 29th June a run up to Holy Island not the best time to go and even the weather against us with a cool wind a overcast sky , first stop the Snook a quick walk along the shore and back over the dunes ,plenty of Vipers Bugloss out in flower some covered in 6 Spot Burnet Moths, no sign of any Dark Green Fritillary probably to early and to cold , first Common Blue and Small heath of the year .
Next stop the car park and very busy it was ,we had a walk down to the newly opened visitor/interpretation building , it looks like it's just been lifted from the Lake District and dropped on site I thought it looked a bit out of place but I suppose new buildings often look like that . Walking up to the Watch Tower along the newly created track up the Heugh was much easier than previous path this will no doubt encourage more visitors up, I was very impressed with what they had achieved in the Tower the views are just amazing and 360 degrees , with the tide out there was a huge number of Grey Seals several large and very large groups spread over a wide area I estimated about 1500+ even the channels between had a couple of hundred heads above the surface from this height you can see much more than you would see from the ground , they where just audible if you got sheltered from the wind , the only birds of note except for some very distant Terns was a Red Breasted merganser. The Tower proved very popular with a constant stream of people coming up the narrow stairs but well worth a visit see Holy Island as you have never seen it before !!!
Vipers Bugloss and Lady's Bedstraw