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An individual, of no great importance, who is unable to see the natural world as a place for competition. I catch fish, watch birds, derive immense pleasure from simply looking at butterflies, moths, bumble-bees, etc - without the need for rules! I am Dylan and this is my blog - if my opinions offend? Don't bother logging on again - simple!


Thursday 25 August 2022

A coastal amble

 I really don't know why I bother looking at the weather forecasts which refer to Thanet. Absolutely no idea how many £billions worth of satellite technology the Met Office have at their disposal, yet, with a consistency matched only by my own inability to tempt a Barbel from the Stour, do they get the forecasts so horribly wrong. I'd set the alarm for 04.45 hrs, this morning, purely because of the 99% chance of torrential downpours accompanied by thunderstorms. I didn't want the moth trap getting soaked and, as such, was a little pissed off when I discovered clear skies with no signs of inclement weather. After switching off the moth trap, it was a bit of a surprise to see how the forecast had changed during the six hours I'd been in bed. Light showers and a moderate breeze being the revised offering. Even this was way off the mark. If I were able to measure all the rain that fell along Vine Close, today, it wouldn't have filled an egg-cup! It would seem that looking out the window and hanging some seaweed on the fence couldn't give any less accurate predictions?

Olive-tree Pearl - one of three today

Bev had a chiropodist appointment for early afternoon, so I decided to take a wander along the clifftop footpath from Pegwell to Cliffs End then onward to Pegwell Bay NNR. I carried my camera and binos, just in case. I was actually trying out my new Karrimor "Elite" walking boots for the first time. With our Kefalonia holiday getting closer by the day I didn't want a repeat of my Corfu experience. I'd purchased some rather expensive (£89 in a sale) Mountain Warehouse walking boots and completely destroyed them in seven days walking up and down the rugged, mountainous, terrain that surrounds Agios Gordios. The uppers were relatively okay, the soles were absolutely ruined with splits and missing chunks. Unsurprisingly, they got thrown in a Greek dustbin, prior to flying home, and I won't be spending any more cash on that brand. Mountains? They'd struggle with a dropped kerb!

I've owned quite a few pairs of Karrimor boots over the years yet the pair that I really felt were excellent in both, value for money and comfort/performance were a cheap Hi-Tec product that I've been unable to source again. Anyway, the new footwear performed admirably and I enjoyed my stroll without seeing anything particularly notable or getting soaked. Pegwell Bay NNR is an amazing place which has almost unlimited potential for watching wildlife, birds in particularly. However, due to the physical dimensions, a scope is a real necessity if you want to make the most of the site and what it has to offer. I was out, simply enjoying a stroll, without any preconceived ideas as to what I was hoping to encounter, en route. As it turned out I was pleasantly surprised to record decent numbers of Mediterranean Gulls amongst the hoards of Block-heads (not a typo!). At least sixteen Little Egrets dotted about the salt marsh, a Whimbrel, a Green Sandpiper and a decent number of Swallows moving through whilst the bushes held good numbers of Common Whitethroats and a lone Willow Warbler. Back home within two and a half hours, I'd really enjoyed my little ramble. If I ain't feeling it for the Barbel then it seems stupid to ignore the potential offered by the other opportunities that Thanet is able to provide?

I apologise for the lack of angling content, it quite simply ain't happening at present. I'm also attempting to steer clear of mothing content because my own slant on the hobby is not shared by the vast majority of those bloggers who are also interested. Just can't be arsed to get into discussion about something so bloody unimportant! If I have to resort to a few "birding" posts? So be it!


  1. Exactly the same opinion about the weather forecast myself. I got up Thursday morning at 05.00, checked the weather and heavy rain was due at 07.00 here on Sheppey. So shot down to the Swale NNR at 05.30 to get an hour or so in before it arrived, which it didn't. Getting back home the new rain arrival time was 09.00, then 10.00, then 11.00 - finally at 11.45 we got 3/4 hour of moderate rain that quickly dried up in the sunshine that followed. Lack of angling content made a nice and for me, more interesting post.

    1. Without any intention of being rude, the lack of angling content is really causing me grief. Current weather, thus river, conditions have contrived to ensure my early season plans have failed dismally. If, however, the flip side is that I spend a bit more time "birding" around the Thanet area then that's what I'll blog about. Should something of interest turn up in the moth trap, then I will obviously use it but, just can't be putting up with the current "I'm a scientist" bull-shit that is used to mask the pan-listing, box ticking, crap! My mothing is purely for personal enjoyment and obviously doesn't sit well with the Victorian mind-set of serious moff-ers!

  2. Bollocks to them mate!... I've really enjoyed the moth content of late.
    So much in fact, that it has inspired me to take a closer look at these marvellous creatures. Don't get me wrong; I've not gone out and purchased a moth trap and reference book. Nope!.... Just an open window in the bathroom and the light left on overnight....lol

    Come morning, I look on in admiration at the wonderful little guests that we've hosted for a few hours... Fantastic!

    So there we have it Dyl. You may have upset the odd moff-er, but you've also been an inspiration to the average Jo with a genuine appreciation of all creatures great and small.

    Here's hoping for a fresh flush on the Stour and a Boris to grace your landing net.

    BR. Andy