Common Restharrow and Linnet

Common Restharrow and Linnet

Yesterday’s walk around Point of Ayre on the north coast of the Isle of Man was full of interest, with the dive-bombing terns determined to see us off away from their nests nearby. This rather poor photo shows Common Restharrow, which we found on the dunes just on shore. It’s a member of the pea family, and so named because in days gone by it used to ‘arrest the harrow’.

Today we headed to the west coast to visit Glen Maye, Niarbyl Bay and Dalby Mountain. At the bay, I saw a pair of Linnets for the first time, their identity revealed by a helpful local and fellow walker.

We’ve been following walks described in Terry Marsh’s excellent guidebook. He used a very curious phrase to describe the descent off Dalby Mountain, so strange I pointed it out to Ann. “This is a delightfully robust section of the walk…” Robust? We did it after heavy rain and it was treacherous! It had steep, smooth, slippery rock running with water and no alternative due to encroaching nettles and brambles. At the end we were scratched, bitten and stung!

Dave.