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On The Way….To Newark Bay…..

By Bernie Bell

Pics by B&M Bell

…We saw some very seasonal bales…

And then, walking along the Bay, more signs of people at play – always good to see…..

We’ve walked Newark Bay before https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/01/24/newark-bay-life-on-the-edge-of-the-ocean/, but there is always something different to notice, on any walk.

A shag on the rocks………..sounds like a risqué cocktail….

Little bridges are always appealing – leading you on…..

On this, relatively short, walk we counted nine stoat traps…..

And saw one stoat, which we reported…… https://www.orkneynativewildlife.org.uk/report . Presumably this is a concerted effort on the part of the Orkney Native Wildlife Project to stop the little varmints from getting to Copinsay – just across the water – which, as an uninhabited island, is usually a haven for ground-nesting birds, but won’t be if the stoats get there.

On our way back to the car park,  we wandered down the slipway and saw a stone seating area in the side of the bank which we’ve never noticed before…

It used to be a boat hut, roofed by an up-turned boat…

Tucked into a niche in the wall is a heart-shaped stone with one word  ‘Orkney’ carved into it.

Someone else loves Orkney.

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