1 From the edge of Ringmore, an old smugglers’ path leads to the coast at Ayrmer Cove. Hazel here is a habitat for elusive Dormice. Blue Tit and Great Tit are more noticeable. At the coast head west.
2 Oystercatcher can be prolific at Toby’s Point, with surround-sound whistling. Listen for the haunting call of Curlew and the ‘chink’ of Stonechat from scrub beside the path. Various gulls are everywhere.
3 From Westcombe Beach, there is an optional inland path across farmland where ponds are situated, which can be used as a shortcut. The full walk follows the coast, passing Scobbiscombe’s coastal farmland, to Wonwell Beach and the Erme Estuary. In the Scobbiscombe area Cirl Bunting are possible as well as Linnet, Kestrel and Raven.
4 After Wonwell Beach the route goes through woodland and farmland, approaching Kingston. Buzzard ride the thermals. Chiffchaff are likely as well as Pheasant, Goldfinch and Yellowhammer. The village yields House Sparrow, Robin, Blackbird, Chaffinch and possibly Jackdaw.
5 From Kingston, seek out the footpath that heads for Okenbury Plantation. We found Wren near the Mill and various tits. Woodland and field paths lead back to Ringmore.