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- The Brough of Birsay is a small 21-hectare uninhabited tidal island off the north-west coast of The Mainland of Orkney. The Island has Celtic and Norse remains and is well known for the breeding colony of Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis) and Guillemot (Uria aalge) The island is accessible on foot at low tide via a 240 metre long causeway over the Sound of Birsay.
- Shanklin Chine is a wooded coastal ravine reaching the sea at the end of the esplanade. Chine is a word for a stream cutting back into a soft cliff. Shanklin chine contains waterfalls, trees and rare plants, with footpaths and walkways allowing paid access for visitors. A heritage centre explains the Chines long history.
- Bac Mòr is a Scottish island, one of the Treshnish Isles that is sometimes referred to as The Dutchman’s Cap due to its shape. The Treshnish Isles are uninhabited and are owned by The Hebridean Trust charity. They are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area due to their importance for breeding seabirds. There are also a number of wildflowers there.
- Skomer Island lies off the coast of Pembrokeshire in south-western Wales. Covering 1.13 square miles in area, the island is renowned for its amazing wildlife and is a National Nature Reserve as well as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest. A third of the population of Manx Shearwaters nest here, with Atlantic puffins and many other seabirds also congregating in their thousands every year. Ferries sail between Martins Haven, on the mainland, and Skomer during the Easter to October period. There is a maximum number of visitors allowed on the island every day but you can either get on a day boat trip to Skomer or book to stay in some of the island’s self-catering accommodation during the spring and summer months.
- The Sidlesham Ferry Nature Trail is via a level path from the Visitor Centre car park. The trail passes Ferry Pool Hide which is approached by a hard path and has an adapted viewing place. Beyond the hide, paths remain flat and wide, and wheelchair users can follow the trail around the Harbour’s edge before returning to the Visitor Centre. The accessible trail takes around 30 minutes to complete at a relaxed pace. The route is waymarked and a leaflet provides extra information. There are several benches offering resting points with views across the Harbour. O.S. Landranger 197, O.S. Explorer 120, a map of the Nature Reserve and Sidlesham Ferry self-guided trail map are on sale in the Visitor Centre at Sidlesham.
- St Michael’s Mount, a rocky island crowned with medieval church and castle. One of England’s most famous and dramatic coastal attractions. The oldest surviving buildings date from the 12th century, when a Benedictine priory was founded here. Accessible on foot at low tide across a causeway, at other times it is reached by a short boat trip. The island is managed by the National Trust and includes cafe/restaurant and shop. The gardens have limited opening times as they can’t cope with the large amount of summer visitors, see the National Trust website for more information.
- The Royal Victoria Park is a municipal park in central Bath which stretches over 57 acres. Overlooked by the Royal Crescent, the Park was opened in 1830 and named after the then Princess Victoria who went on to become Queen. Although initially in private hands, Victoria Park was opened to the public in 1921. It contains a magnificent collection of trees as well as colourful planting, bird aviary, a duck pond, tennis courts, bowling green, adventure playground and a 12 and 18 hole golf course.