A var­ied walk through a rugged is­land land­scape

Bird Watching (UK) - - Go Birding - ALAS­TAIR RI­LEY

AF­TER SOME YEARS liv­ing on Alder­ney, a visit to the Isle of Man is like en­gag­ing with a big­ger, meatier and more rugged ver­sion of the tiny chan­nel isle. It also in­evitably has more birds and a wider species range. Shrouded in a fas­ci­nat­ing past, this walk, in­volv­ing part of the liv­ing his­tory folk vil­lage of Creg­neash, makes for a rich and uniquely di­verse ex­pe­ri­ence. I have en­joyed this walk most in the au­tumn, though oth­ers would pre­fer spring. The south­ern tip of the Isle of Man, known as the ‘Calf’ is an off­shore islet in­hab­ited only by wildlife and who­ever is in the ob­ser­va­tory. You can visit it and maybe share in the po­ten­tial rar­i­ties fre­quently recorded there – re­fer to Go Bird­ing July 2001 if you can. Bask­ing Sharks and Har­bour Por­poises are reg­u­lar off­shore as you watch the gulls, Kit­ti­wakes and Ful­mars at play with the Gan­nets, pass­ing auks or even the Manx Shear­wa­ters – given their name by this very is­land!



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