Holkham and Wells, 24 April 2022

We braved the North Norfolk coast on Sunday but pretty soon realised why I wouldn't want to live there any more. Everything overpriced, busy, full of people I'd rather not associate with and dogs, bloody dogs literally everywhere! 

Anyway, rant over and down to our walk. We parked up in Wells town and did a long loop to the beach, along the beach and then pines, past Lady Anne's Drive and on to Meols House, returning to Wells via Holkham Park. A Red Kite over Wells lifeboat station kicked things off. My main aim other than the walk itself was to see some interesting plants in the area near Meols House and it didn't disappoint. My 3 targets of Yellow Figwort, False Alkanet and Rose of Sharon were all found easily although the latter was still in bud. Also there were a mass of Hairy Shieldbugs on Stinking Hellebore and a posing mating pair of Orange Tips. Into the bargain my first Reed Warbler of the year was singing, Flowering Currant looking good and in the dunes immediately north of the house I found Heath Dog Violet and Early Forget-me-not. Earlier my attention had been drawn to a cronking Raven about a quarter of a mile east of Lady Anne's Drive that glided into view over the trees and headed east over the marsh.

On the walk back to Wells east of Holkham Park a large patch of Common Fumitory contained the biggest flower spikes I've ever seen on the species and some Annual Wall Rocket was by a pavement in town.

                                                                                                                                      False Alkanet
Rose of Sharon

                                                                                                                                   Yellow Figwort
                                                                                                                                  Hairy Shieldbugs

                                                                                                                              Heath Dog Violets
                                                                                                                                     Orange Tips
                                                                                                                                Common Fumitory
                                                                                                                                  Annual Wall Rocket


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