The Danube Delta

We spent four days and nights on a floating hotel on the Danube Delta.  It is an extraordinary place.  Sensational scenery, fantastic wildlife and still fairly untouched by tourism.

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Westonbirt’s Treetop Walkway

Opening to the public for the first time today is the brand new STIHL Treetop Walkway at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum.  The walkway is 300 metres long and gradually rises to a height of 13.5 metres – before gently descending into Silk Wood.  It gives you spectacular birds-eye views of the trees and landscapes of the arboretum.

There is a crow’s nest for the more adventurous and it is great to be alongside some of the wildlife in the trees.  I saw squirrels and there were long-tailed tits feeding in the branches at the same height as the crow’s nest.  As I reached the Silk Wood end of the walkway, I spotted a treecreeper moving mouse-like up the trunk of a nearby tree.

The walkway is a fabulous new addition to Westonbirt.  It is great to see that it is even accessible to those in wheelchairs or on mobility scooters.

Agricultural Hong Kong

While in Hong Kong we spent a day with a local guide. He took us out of the city to places like Long Valley, Sheung Shui. It gave us an idea of the agricultural heritage and some of the local fauna & flora including: Pied Kingfisher; Common Mime Butterfly and the rather strange Cow’s Udder fruit.

The tower blocks in the background are over the Chinese border…