It’s been a while since the website and blog were last updated, it was set up as a ‘hobby website’ to display coastal photos I’d accumulated over the years and so the website has taken a sideline in the past year due to work demands. I’ve put some time aside now though and am actively developing a new version of the website with a more modern appearance, support for mobile devices, and greater integration of social media. Hoping to have it ready in the next couple of weeks!
5 FANTASTIC COASTAL BREAKS
With thousands of miles of wonderfully wiggly shoreline, the UK simply begs to be explored and offers all kinds of coastal breaks. Read on for a few ideas to get you in the mood…
DIVING IN NORTHUMBERLAND
Pull on a wetsuit and head for the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast. Enjoy close encounters with plump, grey seals affectionately known as ‘inquisitive locals’ – though clumsy on land, they transform into svelte-like creatures underwater. Wreck diving is also popular and numerous wrecks litter the seabed including the 6,810-ton Somali. Do also look out for deep-water anemone, dead men’s fingers and all sorts of crustaceans.
What else? A stunning coastline with AONB status from top to bottom – explore it on foot, by bike or horseback. Golden sand beaches stretching as far as the eye can see, crowned with iconic castles. Continue reading
The Nature section of the BBC website has a great collection of video clips of the amazing UK coastal wildlife. A range of habitats are shown including; coastal, estuaries, intertidal zones, shallow seas, reefs and rockpools.
The page is located here.
Milford Haven and Holyhead stations coastguard centres which were threatened with closure have won a reprieve, but Swansea, which was to be downgraded under the original plans, is now to close by 2015. The two reprieved stations were to shut, with Swansea reduced to operating only during daylight hours. But the strong local protests, including lobbying the chief executive of the coastguard service when he visited Milford Haven in February, sparked the policy change.
The Welsh Government said UK ministers would have to “account for any consequences” for sea safety.
Shadow Welsh Secretary Peter Hain said the UK government should perform a “U-turn” on its Swansea decision as it had done on the one for Holyhead and Milford Haven. Campaigns to save Milford Haven and Holyhead stations saw a 20,000 name petition go to Downing Street.
Eleven centres will remain open across the UK.
Source: BBC News
The BBC’s recent Secret Britain programme has re-ignited interest in Langdon Bay, a fascinating part of the Dover coastline. The programme as it’s name suggests, highlights some of the lesser known gems of the British landscape, and includes visits to Cornwall’s ‘secret’ coves, the ‘Cornish Alps’, and Dartmoor amongst other locations.
Of particular interest to us was their visit to Langdon Bay, as we already had a number of images in our Fan Bay/Langdon Bay/Crab Bay page. We also have 360 degree panoramas of the SS Falcon shipwreck and Langdon Bay searchlight positions.