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- Port Hellick Beach sits in a sheltered tidal inlet on St Mary’s south coast and the beach at low tide offers a wide expanse of sand and rocks. This is not really a location for sitting on the beach but offers a great natural landscape. A shingle bar provides a freshwater pool (Higher Moors and Porth Hellick Pool) behind the beach that is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for the ″wide diversity of habitats with several rare and notable plant species″and making this an important stop-off for migrating and wintering birds. Sir Cloudesley Shovell, Admiral of the Fleet was temporarily buried on the beach after he was washed up here when his ship struck the rocks on 22nd October 1707, with the loss of her entire crew of about 800 men. Sir Cloudesley Shovell’s body, along with the bodies of his two stepsons and that of Captain Edmund Loades, were washed up on Porth Hellick Cove the following day. The body was subsequently exhumed by order of Queen Anne and finally laid to rest in Westminster Abbey on 22nd December 1707. A small memorial marker marks the site where he was washed ashore. The beach has no facilities.
- North Hill is a remote and windswept coastline jutting out into the north-east Atlantic. Its highest point – Errival – is just 48 metres (150 feet) above sea level. North Hill is managed as a nature reserve by the North Hill grazing committee and RSPB Scotland, in conjunction with Scottish Natural Heritage as it is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
- Durrell Wildlife Park (also known as Jersey Zoo) is a zoological park on the island of Jersey, situated in 32 acres (13 ha) of landscaped parkland and water-gardens. The Park has always concentrated on rare and endangered species, and has mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, comprising over 130 species. The park has large areas within the grounds that are designated native habitat areas. The extensive planting of flowering and fruiting trees throughout the grounds also serves to attract a wide selection of wild birds and insects. Several species of bird which used to be commonly seen in island gardens but have become increasingly scarce, including the House Sparrow and Song Thrush. Nest-boxes within the grounds are used by a variety of birds including Barn Owls, Kestrels, Swallows and Martins. Other animals which are commonly seen within the grounds are the red squirrel, bank vole, and the Short-toed Treecreeper.
- Abbotsbury Children’s Farm has lots of animals for the children to meet, greet and feed. Children can hold the guinea pigs, ride the ponies, race the tractors, play in the large undercover play area and bottle feed the baby goats. The cafe offers local Dorset produce cooked on site and the gift shop has a charming range of quality gifts.
- Steart Marshes is the first of WWT’s Working Wetlands and is open all year round. The reserve shows how wetlands are productive and useful as well as being a natural coastal buffer. The saltmarsh is farmed for specialist saltmarsh lamb and beef, its creeks are a nursery for the fry of important fish stocks. Facilities include hides, toilets, refreshments, car parking and paths for walkers, mobility scooters, wheelchair users, pushchairs, cyclists and horse riders, subject to a few local restrictions. Dogs are welcome on most paths but must be kept under close control to prevent disturbance to wildlife. (Feature photo by Alastair Campbell)
- Two ancient woodlands now nature reserves around Morpeth. Take a walk along the riverside path at Scotch Gill. It is a great place to visit to spot otters, kingfishers, trout and to hear woodland birds such as spotted flycatcher, long tailed tit and jay. The Ancient Woodland of Borough Woods Local Nature Reserve was once owned by the Abbey itself and is on the south bank of the River Wansbeck. There are footpaths throughout the woodland, including a circular route from the car park at High House Road.
- Scarborough SEA LIFE and Marine Sanctuary will introduce you to many strange, beautiful and fascinating creatures of the deep. Prepare for astonishing close views of everything from humble starfish to mighty sharks, all in displays which carefully recreate their natural habitats. Explore freshwater rivers and streams, the rugged UK coastline, the shallows and the dark depths of the North Sea and the crystal clear warm waters of the Barrier Reef. At every step there are different amazing creatures to find, to watch and to learn about.