Our house overlooked the sea and was very remote, accessed by a lane barely wide enough for a car, lined by fuchsia bushes, with swallows swooping overhead.
We had a very friendly stonechat that sat outside the kitchen window and several whitethroats 'played' in the bushes in the garden all day.
|Whitethroat (or at least I think that's what they were!)|
|Serious rock pooling involves getting in with the creatures!|
We even found Kirren Island (from the Famous Five) and managed to wade out to it to explore.
|On the way to Kirren Island|
|Shore crabs - to be handled with care!|
When the tide was out we saw little egrets, curlews and hooded crows picking through the sand.
|Toothy the shark|
... and found a single ragwort plant in the sand dunes with 14 burnet moths on it.
|I'm not sure what the collective noun for burnet moths is|
|The Irish are good at cliffs!|
Even up on the top of the cliffs we found shiny green beetles called rose chafers hanging on to the ragwort.
|Rose chafer, hanging on tight!|
On the way home we popped into Drumbeg stone circle, because you can't visit Ireland without seeing a stone circle.
|Stonehenge has shrunk!|