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Birds ‘n’ fish ‘n’ flowers ‘n’ trees

There’s so much wildlife to see around Ilfracombe, North Devon.

At the moment the foxgloves are just coming into flower up Hillsborough . . .

Foxgloves in flower at Hillsborough, Ilfracombe, North Devon

While conkers are already forming on the horse chestnut trees near the swimming pool . . .

Horse chestnut trees in Ilfracombe, North Devon

While nearby a starling hopped around on the grass . . .

Starling in Ilfracombe, North Devon
Starling in Ilfracombe, North Devon

Over at Bicclescombe Park, a collection of goldfish and other fish have mysteriously appeared in the boating lake. From what I have been told they are not supposed to be there and may be someone’s unwanted fish from a pond . . .

Fish in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon
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Beautiful bluebells in Ilfracombe

The bluebells on the north and east sides of Hillsborough, Ilfracombe, North Devon are astounding at the moment.

Bluebells on Hillsborough, Ilfracombe, North Devon

To see them:

  • walk from the harbour round to Hillsborough
  • go via the car park by the swimming pool
  • climb the cliff steps from Hele Bay
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New shoots

Pussy willow is bursting out again. It amazes me every year.

Pussy willow at Hillsborough, Ilfracombe,North Devon

Pussy willow at Hillsborough, Ilfracombe,North Devon

And other trees are producing leaves and shoots too.

Spring shoots on tree at Hillsborough, Ilfracombe, North Devon

Something new appears every day at this time of year.

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Opening up Ilfracombe harbour views from Hillsborough

As well as uncovering its ancient historic past as a hill fort, the work clearing vegetation from Hillsborough is making it easier to appreciate different views of Ilfracombe, North Devon, especially the harbour.

We were up there this afternoon in glorious sunshine and, luckily, had my camera with me. I should have taken a tripod as a northerly wind off the sea made it difficult to hold the camera steady. Nevertheless I hope these photos give an idea . . .

View of Ilfracombe harbour, North Devon, from Hillsborough View of Ilfracombe harbour, North Devon, from Hillsborough

It’s good to see construction of steps to make the paths easier to climb. All in all, it is making Hillsborough not only more interesting, but even more enjoyable for residents and visitors alike.

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Crisp, snap, spray & quack

Such a beautiful day, although the ducks in Bicclescombe Park this morning did not too lively and one stared me out . . .

Ducks in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon Ducks in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon The Wilder Brook in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon

How do they manage to withstand the flow of water?

Everything seemed so sharp and the trees stood majestically in the sunlight . . .

Trees in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon Trees in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon Trees in Bicclescombe Park, Ilfracombe, North Devon

Later on, as the sun went down, it became chillier and greyer, but still clear enough to snap views of Ilfracombe and the fishing boats in the harbour from up Hillsborough . . .

Ilfracombe, North Devon, view from Hillsborough Fishing boats in Ilfracombe harbour, North Devon, view from Hillsborough

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