RSPB reserves:

I am not a twitcher. In fact most times I cannot tell one bird from another.

I do love nature though and I do love those places where nature is preserved, where nature is allowed to take precedence over man.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds manage over 100 reserves in the UK. These are so often oases of peace and tranquility, where the only sound to break the silence is the sounds of birds, animals and insects.

On my various trips around the country I often will make for an RSPB reserve, to find that peace, to enjoy that nature. Also to find a car park, a loo and often a cafe as well. So, this is my guide to the places visited.

WALES:

South Stack, Holyhead Island, Angelsey:

 

South stack

 

Situated at the extreme South West of Holyhead Island. A Car Park, Cafe. Stunning coastal scenery. Lots of walking. Breeding time Guillemots, Fulmars, puffins, Auks,and lots of other seabirds make a noisy display,  Red Choughs can be seen and the heathland makes a wonderful basking place for reptiles. 

Nice car park, nice cafe, nice reserve, nice everything, but then I will probably say that about everywhere in this section!

Lots of camping places on Angelsey, I stayed at the CC site at Penrthos. 

 

SCOTLAND

Mull of Galloway

Mull of Galloway.

Approached over a long single carriageway road. Very peaceful. Nice walks. Lighthouse with an interesting exhibition and 149 step climb to the top for outstanding views .Visitor centre with live video feed of nesting birds, Guillemots, razor bills and kittiwakes predominantly.  A  cafe/gift shop overlooking Gallie Craig, the rocks that mark the southernmost point of Scotland.

I camped at the CC site at New England Bay, about twelve miles away.