Tuesday, 26 January 2010

20 things to do before......

As I've long passed the allotted Two-score Years and Ten, the mind concentrates on things that must be done in the time before the mist rolls in.

I don't want to be just one of the crowd......
....so I need a clear view of what to accomplish:
So, in no particular order, here's a list of things that I'd like to do, near and far.........

  1. Watch the waders at high tide at Snettisham
  2. Find eagles (Golden and/or Sea) in Scotland
  3. See a hummingbird - anywhere
  4. Sit on the rock of Gibraltar, to see the raptor migration
  5. Walk the cliffs around the Lizard in Cornwall - I've been there a few times before, but never with my eyes open for plants
  6. Visit Ranscombe Farm in north Kent for Corncockles and Cornflowers, Cudweed and Ground Pine
  7. Clamber over the limestone pavements of the Pennines
  8. Find a Late Spider Orchid on the downs, and
  9. Visit a place I know where Fly Orchids flower, but for once at the right time
  10. Locate a Long-eared Owl at roost
  11. Take a slow boat up and down Norwegian fjords
  12. Encounter a large wild animal, and survive
  13. Compare Duke of Burgundy butterflies in Hampshire with the Kentish ones
  14. Watch Flamingos and Stilts on the Camargue
  15. See Swallowtail butterflies on the Norfolk Broads
  16. Walk the Breckland on a hot day
  17. Hear Manx Shearwaters around their burrows at night
  18. Land on the Goodwin Sands, play cricket and watch the seals
  19. Clear the scrub from The Lynch to return it to chalk downland.
And finally, 20. Find a Military Orchid in Kingsdown. Or, if not, seek them in a little nature reserve in Suffolk.

The Galapagos should be on there, of course, but places like that need fewer tourists, and the carbon footprint would be frightening.


8 comments:

Warren Baker said...

Nothing on that list seems too out of reach Steve.
Shouldn't take long!!

Graham H said...

I had a start at number 19 myself Steve before moving to Maidstone - I even got approval from the parish council...

Kingsdowner said...

I'd better move the work up the list then Graham - if you'd like to help....?

Warren, I'd like to tick off a few this year. However, even ticking a greenfinch on the year-list is beyond me at the moment.

Steve Gale said...

I might nick this idea for my blog... a worthy list Steve of which I've managed several.

Greenie said...

Steve ,
Well you certainly know how to cheer people up during the Winter .
I must admit I wondered where it was going , hoping that it wasn't going to turn into a group suicide pact .
Once we get February out of the way , you can start on your list .
Any preference on the 'large wild animal' ?

Crafty Green Poet said...

that's a wonderful list! Good wise comment about the Galapagos too...

DOT said...

Partially number seven: spent eleven years at school staring at Pendle.

Good friend has done number eleven and recommends it very highly.

The seals at Goodwin Sands are enticing, the cricket I will watch.

I think a decent pint of some obscure brew should feature somewhere.

Mary said...

That is an impressive list! Fly "across the pond" and I can promise you hummingbirds.