It’s not just us humans who get disorientated in this foggy weather we are experiencing here on the coastal edge of the North York Moors National Park, it’s the wild life too.  Sean’s just phoned from sea, he’s got lots of  goldcrests taking a rest on board his boat ‘All My Sons‘.  One of them is actually in the cabin with him.

Goldcrest, regulus regulus, are actually the smallest bird in the UK along with the firecrest.  Goldcrest - adult

The goldcrests are on their spring migration across the North Sea to the pine forests in Scandinavia where their summer breeding grounds are.  These tiny birds are a dull grey/green colour with a pale underside.  They have black and yellow strips on their heads, the males are nearer to orange.

The goldcrests tiny thin beaks mean they can find the food they like, spiders moth eggs and other insect food between the pine needles both on the forest floor and in the trees themselves.

 

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all-layed-up

If you are joining us for a day on the foreshore lots of layers of clothing are best, as this is the north east coast of England after all.

I did start off  with mittens as well, you can just see them peeping out of my pocket, but got to warm…:)

Both coat and jumper had hoods for when the wind got to much…

Wellington boots are far the best thing to wear on your feet as they give you the freedom to walk though the rock pools instead of trying to ‘jump’ over them, I usually miss and end up getting wet.

The only thing that I’m missing in the photo is a waterproof coat but as it wasn’t raining when I set out and I was only planning to be on the foreshore for a short time I didn’t bother…. but I would have taken one if I’d been planning a full day out.

More details about what to bring and wear on one of our day courses can be found here

To end with one of Sean’s regular sayings “…there’s no such thing as bad weather just bad clothing…”

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Home made soup

March 28, 2014

After a morning spent on the foreshore on one of our Coastal Craft or Ancient Paint Palette Day Courses look forward to a mug of home made vegetable soup with fresh crusty bread and Tricia’s special lobster and seaweed butters. Carrot and Coriander will be next on the menu, in the style of Elizabeth David, […]

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Holy Mackerel…! Fishing and Foraging off the coast of North Yorkshire…

March 26, 2014

Here’s the video we mentioned in a previous blog post, it was filmed in August 2013 together with Martin Dunford (Cool Places), Josh Sutton (Guy Rope Gourmet)  and Jules Brown  (North York Moors National Park & Cool Places) and a film crew (Audere TV).  Hope you enjoy it… If you are interested in learning about […]

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Discover all there is to know about Limpets or Flithers…

February 10, 2014

Flithers is the local vernacular for limpets, the common limpet, patella vulgata, is to be found in abundance here in Staithes.  The limpets design, it’s streamline shape and very powerful clinging foot, is idea in allowing it to survive the pounding of the waves.  The limpets ability to cling on is legendary, how many of […]

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Starling murmurations and a film for Visit England…

February 3, 2014

What an earth do “Starling murmurations and a film for Visit England….” have in common…?  I hear you ask…  well follow this, if you can…:) While checking out on Facebook what the relatives in Australia have been up to  (believe me… you really don’t want to know…!) I found a link to a film by […]

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Red-necked Phalarope

January 16, 2014

What a great day to be walking on the foreshore,  blue skies and sunshine.  Spotted a peregrine and a red-necked phalarope, Phalaropus lobatus, just south of Staithes harbour.  It looked like the phalarope was walking in one of the tidal pools but it was in fact swimming.  Phalaropes have lobed toes, which sets it apart […]

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North York Moors & Howardian Hills

November 7, 2013

Four films – many stories. See the North York Moors area through the eyes of the people who really know it! The first film features the Heritage Coast and Real Staithes…. The second film features the ‘Hidden Valleys. ’The third film featuring the Forest and Woods of the area. The fourth & last film, features  […]

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Forest and Woods of the North York Moors National Park

October 24, 2013

Four films – many stories. See the North York Moors area through the eyes of the people who really know it! The first film features the Heritage Coast and Real Staithes…. The second film features the ‘Hidden Valleys. ’The third film featuring the Forest and Woods of the area. The fourth features  the North York […]

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North York Moors National Parks Hidden Valleys

October 11, 2013

  Four films – many stories. See the North York Moors area through the eyes of the people who really know it! The first film features the Heritage Coast and Real Staithes…. The second film features the ‘Hidden Valleys’. ’The third film featuring the Forest and Woods of the area. The fourth features  the North […]

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