Bird Watching
Wild About Calstock Project: Walk 2 on 6th December
The second walk took place at Calstock on 6th December on the theme of ‘Wetlands & Birds’. Children from Calstock and Stoke Climsland Primary Schools took part, along with members of Sensory Trust’s dementia-friendly Walk and Laugh Group. Ellie Robinson-Carter invited everyone to document the walk with a shared single-use camera to create the Images for the second Photobook in the Wild About Calstock series.
We were fortunate to have good weather (thank goodness it wasn’t on the 7th December!) and the participants thoroughly enjoyed the nature-based activities arranged by Bryony James from the Tamara Landscape Partnership.
The group met in Calstock and walked around the Tamar Walkway to watch the wetlands; looking at birds through binoculars and the scope brought along by Pete Thompson. Bryony brought bird identification sheets and among the numerous birds on the water, we were able to spot teal, mallard, Canada geese and various types of gull.
We were then joined by local bird ringer, David Scott, who explained his role as a bird ringer and delighted the group by showing us the birds he had netted that afternoon – including a robin, two blackbirds, a goldcrest, a wren and the highlight of the day – a spectacular kingfisher! It was amazing to see the birds at such close quarters and to observe the skilful work of a bird ringer.

Photos by Pete Thompson

The walk ended by the limekilns with very welcome refreshments of hot drinks and cake!
Everyone enjoyed the walk and the quotes below convey something of the experience:
“I was totally enthralled… by the end of the walk, I was back to normal – for me!”
“It’s really, really lovely to see all this”.
“We are highly honoured, as you very seldom see them” [Kingfishers]
“Lovely day, lovely with the children”
   

 

Photos: Bryony James, Tamara Landscape Partnership; Pete Thompson, Judith Robinson