The Home Patch
We divide our time between Wales and Kent.
Our home patch centered on Aberystwyth is a 10 km stretch of the Cardigan Bay shore, from Monk’s Cave in the South to Constitution Hill in the North. It comprises landscapes and seascapes with special qualities that we like very much.
By world standards, UK wildlife isn’t particularly spectacular or unique, but the fact that it isn’t all there on a plate, so to speak, means that there’s a particular satisfaction in observing quite ordinary creatures as a result of patience and persistence.
We like birds. We especially enjoy the behavior of even very familiar species – the corvids are always fascinating, for example – but we are also fortunate in being able to experience some quite uncommon and characterful birds and animals right on what you might call our doorstep.
We’ve divided up our beat into five zones and describe some of the characteristic wildlife and scenery in each area.