It may have looked idyllic for a walk but he gusts of wind blowing at about 45-50 mph from the wsw certainly deterred me from getting too close to the cliff edge. Looking inland at the copse known to local birders as the "empty wood" there's no impressing of the strength of the wind.
The edge between the agricultural field and the recently reclaimed wild cliff top, that will hopefully return to being some interesting chalk grassland in years to come, does sometime provide some shelter for small birds,but not to day.
Looking across the farm I could see the tops of the trees in my garden,and at that moment I would have relished being there, with the kettle on and a cup of tea as a prospect.
In one area I was pleased to see the evidence of recent activity by one of my favourite animals, badgers.Badgers have unusual breeding patterns since mating can take place at any time of the year. After mating, badgers exhibit what is known as delayed implantation.
This is a diminutive bird with a long-tail, but body wise it is smaller than a Blue Tit. In total there are 17 sub-species of the Long-tailed Tit, the northern European race has an all white head and occasionally occurs here and is always worth checking for in winter,