COACH RAMBLE TO SPURN POINT 21ST MAY 2005
Our first coach ramble of the season was to the wildlife haven of Spurn Point, on the Humber estuary. Our visit commenced at The Yorkshire Wildlife Trusts' Information Centre, where interesting displays on the changing nature of the peninsula are housed.
The environment is not static, with erosion on the seaward and deposition on the esturine side producing a gradual westward shift of the ridge. The history of the peninsula is very interesting. Gun emplacements and a light railway were installed during the first world war and other buildings reflect its importance in maritime security.
On our walk through the reserve to the point, over forty different species of birds including Barnacle Geese, Marsh Harrier, Monties Harrier, linnets and the Ring Plover. were seen. We were fortunate to have a fine bright day for most of the walk with a little light rain towards the end of the return leg. Our day was made the more enjoyable by the presence of the well-known ornithologist, Nigel Heptinstall.
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