A long planned Lundy Field Society visit to Lundy took place from 17th to 20th May when most of the Committee held their first meeting on the Island for 20 years. Derek Green, the Lundy Manager and Beccy MacDonald the warden and her seasonal assistant Chloe were also invited to attend.
17th Saturday – we left our cars at Bideford and assembled on the quay for an early 8am sailing when the conditions were described as winds 2-3 lights to variable which lead to an uneventful crossing. It was so smooth that almost all the 210 passengers kept the galley busy making bacon sandwiches.
We were met on arrival in the Landing Bay by the single Black Guillemot that had returned to Lundy for the third consecutive year. We were welcomed by a rapturously singing Sedge Warbler at the top of Millcombe steps and after lunch in the Tavern were soon safely ensconced in our allocated rooms in Millcombe.
A quick tour of the island to Middle Park showed most of what we wanted to check out. The deer were around Middle Park Pond and a multitude of Dwarf Adder’s Tongue fern had emerged.
A communal evening meal in the Marisco rounded off the day which had been very long for those travelling from up country since dawn.
|Diving Beetle in Ackland's Moor Pond|
In the afternoon, I surveyed Ackland’s Moor Pond which was gin clear to the bottom, a unique view I have not seen before.
|Pizza night at Old House South|
That evening we enjoyed the comforts of Old House South with a pizza evening provided by Sandra.
We decided to continue north and in Middle Park found lots more Dwarf Adder’s tongue Fern in a new location west of the west side path slightly north of the Black House. It is doing very well this year.
We counted yet more puffins and offshore cetaceans at St Phillip’s stone and saw the first Painted Lady butterfly of the year near Squire’s View.
|Long Roost Pond|
|Sea King at North End|
As we returned we observed a circling Sea King helicopter which eventually touched down right at the north end, a crew member chatted with a visitor then it roared off south. The story was that the pilot’s daughter from Georgeham School was on a school visit to the island and he had called in on his way south to drop her off a small gift. How big is her street credibility?
|Joint meal in Millcombe|
|Mirror Carp and Golden Orfe|
In the afternoon, we visited Rocket Pole Pond at the request of Jenny George who had seen fish there the previous week. Our stale bread brought a flurry of activity when we were able to count at least two Mirror Carp and up to 20 immature blue Golden Orfe.
24th Saturday – a sad day as it was our last, but I had arranged with Simon Dell to help lead a group of TARS (The Arthur Ransome Society) members to Jenny’s Cove. The small clump of Wood Vetch was had begun to bloom and Lundy Cabbage was displaying its attendant Flea Beetle.
Whilst waiting for the Oldenburg,
I was able to photograph three different types of jellyfish from the jetty Moon
Jelly Aurelia aurata, Comb Jelly Ctenophore sp and Predatory Comb Jelly Beroe cucumis. The walk was most successful; around 20
people were route marched to Jenny’s in 1 hour, spent their lunch hour
observing puffins and then back via Punchbowl Valley, Earthquake, Battery and
Old Light for a welcome pint in the Marisco Tavern.
|Lundy Cabbage and Flea Beetles|