Ringed Plover

The Ringed Plover is a small, short-legged wading bird. Breeding on beaches around the coast Many UK birds live here all year round, but birds from Europe increase the winter population in Britain and birds from Greenland and Canada pass through on migration. The Ringed Plover is on the Red List.


Red list criteria (taken from RSPB website)

Globally threatened.

Historical population decline in UK during 1800–1995.

Severe (at least 50%) decline in UK breeding population over last 25 years, or longer-   term period (the entire period used for assessments since the first BoCC review, starting in 1969).

Severe (at least 50%) contraction of UK breeding range over last 25 years, or the longer-term period



resting on shore

Henry VIII’s great warship  Mary Rose was raised from the Solent just off Southsea Castle in 1982 and is now displayed in Portsmouth’ Historic Dockyards and cared for by the Mary Rose Trust.


The bones of  179 individuals were found during the excavations of the Mary Rose, including 92 fairly complete skeletons. Analysis has shown that all were male, and most of them were young adults. The remains of one of the sailors of the original Mary Rose was buried in the south aisle of Portsmouth Cathedral.



“The Cathedral of the Sea”.


The Cathedral Church of St Thomas of Canterbury, known as Portsmouth Cathedral, is an English cathedral church. It is the cathedral of the Church of England Diocese of Portsmouth and is located in the centre of Old Portsmouth given Portsmouth links with the Royal Navy and the sea Portsmouth Cathedral is also more commonly known as “The Cathedral of the Sea”.


The building is divided into 3  areas dating back to 12th century with the most modern build being in the 20th century. The whole inside is bright, airy and filled with light.


Porchester Castle


Portchester Castle is is a large a medieval castle built within an old Roman fort at Portchester Hampshire. It is located at the north end of Portsmouth Harbour.

Portchester remained occupied until the 17th century, It served as a prisoner-of-war camp during the  Napoleonic Wars.


St Mary’s Church built within the walls of the Castle. It was built as Augustinian Priory





The centenary of The Great War is now with us and the memories and stories of these times and the men and women of this dark time are now part of history.


This blog tells the history of one young man whose life was changed by the war.

Maxwell Francis Reilly  MC Remembered.


Joining Up

Maxwell Francis Reilly’s family originally came from Ireland but his home was Canada. In October 1914 he in service with 29th Vancouver Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. By May 1915 he had come to England. He was commissioned on 25th August 1915. Which he received from General sir Henry Lawson. Around 1st October 1916, he was promoted to Lieutenant and bound for the war in France with The Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment. (147 Infantry Brigade).

Active Service Military Cross

In the field, he was promoted again to an acting captain. He was awarded the Military Cross on 2nd April 1919. Published in The London Gazette supplement dated 9th December 1919 His citation read. “Lt. (A. /Capt.) Maxwell Francis Reilly, 1/7th Bn W.R.T.F. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during operations on 11th to 14th October 1918, East of Naves, in command of his company. His coolness and courage were at all times most inspiring to all ranks with him.”

Medical discharge

By December 1918 the prolonged conditions of trench warfare had taken its toll on his health and he was hospitalised and returned to a hospital in England, via  Calais and Dover On 10th July 1919. He was being treated in 3rd London General Hospital Wandsworth under the care of Major A.F.Voelcker. Maxwell attended a Medical board at The Royal Victoria Hospital Netley He was considered 50% disabled suffering from Nephritis and deafness to his right ear. The board concluded these conditions were attributed to active service. He had served for 5 years and 10 months when re relinquished his commission on 11th July 1920 on account of ill health. He was able to keep his rank of Captain. He was 34




Shipwreck Mariners’ Society

Below is from the Shipwreck Mariners’ Society.

Mine to Mine Challenge

We are keen to find volunteers who will take part in the Mine to Mine Challenge. As a self-organised and self-funded challenge, this is an exciting opportunity for adventurers to visit all our 60 collecting mines situated around the British Isles. Please click here to take a look at what the Mine to Mine Challenge involves.

For many years have accidentally come across these mine collection boxes often at the seaside I now actively seek them out and make a donation.

Tintern South Wales

Location of mine: On new patio at rear of Anchor Inn near Tintern Abbey