Seal spotted

Sitting at the sea wall at Titchfeild  Haven this morning a seal popped up and then down again then up again and by the time I had got my long lens on was heading towards the Isle of Wight. So sorry no photo’s to prove my sighting.  Maybe next time. But I have never seen any Seals in the area before.

So the best I could offer is a Common Oyster  spotted as the tide went out.



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Big old shell

Hard clam

A thick shell, light brown to grey in colour with a violet border and often with concentric bands on the shell . The inner shell is shiny with a purplish-blue tinge around the edge. It can grow up to 12 cm in length. I often find large hard clam shells on the shore on Southampton Water one of these is the largest one  I have come across.



They are found in UK waters (buried in muddy/sandy sediment at low tide in esturies and bays) recorded from Burnham-on Crouch, the south coast of England, Pembrokeshire and Loch Sunart, Scotland. (not recorded in Ireland.)


They were introduced from North America where it is known as a quahog clam into British waters several times since the middle of the nineteenth century. The first live specimen was found in 1864 in the Humber.  It successfully introduced from the USA into Southampton Water in 1925.

On line I found this information :- A clam dredged from Icelandic waters had said to lived for 400 years. Is this the longest-lived animal known to science.



low tide habitat




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old munitions factory and stores Gosport Hampshire.


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She is home.

aaHMS Queen Elizabeth (R08)

queen Elizebeth

Today was the 3rd time I saw HMS Queen Elizabeth today she came into Portsmouth Harbour her home base here on the South Coast. The other 2 times I viewed her was at Rosyth dockyard under construction. Just after we arrived her helicopters took off and flew past her. She is the largest warship ever built for the Royal Navy.


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New Shopping Centre Southampton

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City Goal

following my visit last week to Southampton Civic Centre’s clock tower I returned today to a visit to the old police cells in the basement of the civic centre  closed for several years it is mainly used for storage but open some weekends for a special tour.



clock tower from prisoner exercise yard

cells 2

vent grill


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Setting sun evening light.

The same view with different tides and light – no day is ever the same

  • Tide coming in
  • sunset


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The Grange at Northington Hampshire


An example of Greek Revival architecture saved from demolition in 1978 and now used as an opera venue and managed by English Heritage. The outside is open daily to the public.


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puff ball

Giant puffballs can grow to be 10 to 70 cm (3.9 to 27.6 inches) in diameter, They have been known to grow up to a diameter of 150 cm (59 inches) and weights of 20 kilograms (44 lb). The inside of mature Giant puffballs is greenish brown, The large white mushrooms are edible when young and still white inside although when I have tried them in the past they are fairly bland in flavour.

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This puff ball is only about a foot across. (so a small one)

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House Sparrow


Noisy and often overlooked little bird. From the RSPB website “Monitoring suggests a severe decline in the UK house sparrow population, recently estimated as dropping by 71 per cent between 1977 and 2008 with substantial declines in both rural and urban populations. Whilst the decline in England continues, Breeding Bird Survey data indicate recent population increases in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.” Although I have noted in recent years a return of this little bird around us. (pictures feature a male bird)

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