My Butterfly Transect takes me from the Bush Inn down into the Tidna Valley then follows the stream to the coast before climbing the cliffs of the South West Coast path then returning inland at this high level to Crosstown.
It is a wonderful walk in all weathers but there is almost always at least a breeze at the coast so butterflies dwindle to almost nothing. The path upwards has steps but it feels like climbing a ladder it is so steep.
The cliff path is generally of great interest with all sorts of invertebrates to be found. These range from tiny 14-spot Ladybirds, through Oil Beetles, Bloody-nosed beetles, Ivy Bees, Bee Flies and occasionally the odd Common Lizard.
In April I was disappointed to hear that there had been an avalanche along the steep stepped cliff that I climbed forcing closure of the path. I investigated and heard that part of the fall had been filmed. A huge amount of land had slid down into the sea closing the path for up to 6 months.
(Thanks Niki Olde for the smartphone video clip)
The closure continued for a few weeks until the National Trust rangers got to work. After a couple of weeks the new path was ready and I tried it out. It has many fewer steps, and a long slow slope. But it is a little bit further inland and a little more sheltered. I now see more butterflies on this sector than I did before, so it's not all bad news.
|Tidna Shute with cliff path and avalanche|
The new path is a lot better - thanks National Trust.