An unusual egg hunt

With the family staying for Easter, we set off along the coast path from Mortehoe to Rockham Beach.

 

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This is a secluded beach on the north coast of North Devon, reached by a decent walk and a huge set of steps, so it is usually pretty quiet.

 

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We explored the rockpools and found some eggs – not Easter eggs, unfortunately, but fish eggcases, which is much more interesting (if a lot less tasty!).

 

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This long one with the tendrils attached to the four corners (and some seaweed as well) is a Nursehound eggcase – a spotty dogfish.

 

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Whereas this squarer one with the long horns is some sort of Ray, I believe. Apparently the size helps with the identification, and we didn’t measure it, so I am not sure what species it is. It was good to see them though – proof that these fish are alive and breeding in local waters. There are remains of a very rusted old wreck on the beach – must look it up and see what ship it was.

 

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After the long climb back up the steps, we continued round the coast path towards Bull Point, enjoying the strong scent of coconut coming from the gorse flowers.

 

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Coast paths are rarely level, especially in Devon, so there were plenty more steps…

 

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Once past the point we turned inland up a gentle valley, with grassy fields dotted with primroses.

 

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Birds such as wrens, chiffchaffs and a garden warbler were singing in the trees.

 

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At the end of a valley full of spring flowers, with celandines and bluebells carpeting the floor, the path wound up back to the roads above, and we returned to Mortehoe.

 

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