A trip to the Bamburgh dune systems to map pirri-pirri bur produced a number of surprises today. There were several plants still in flower including harebell, cat's ear and autumn hawkbit, sea mayweed and sea rocket. Polypody fern was much in evidence in the dunes east of the castle.
On the bird front a waxwing flew inland from the Farne Islands. There was a large mixed flock of both linnets and twite sunning themselves at 'Stag' Rocks and a strong passage of siskins moving north, with over 100 counted in six differrent flocks over 3 hours. Other birds included 3 stonechats, 9 male long-tailed duck, 9 common scoter, 6 red-throated diver and good numbers of both purple sandpipers (42) and turnstone (64).