Some 9 years later, I'm still at work but have similar interests to then, and have accomplished some of these targets already. Notes are consequently listed below (with links to appropriate blog-posts) and I can now put my mind onto new objectives for the next decade.
So that's 10 objectives achieved, and 10 not yet done. I'm quite impressed by that, and am grateful to the various people who helped me thus far. I'll add another 10 in due course, to keep me focused.
The original post.......
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, in no particular order, here's a list of things that I'd like to do, near and far.........
- Watch the waders at high tide at Snettisham
- Find eagles (Golden and/or Sea) in Scotland
- See a hummingbird - anywhere
- Sit on the rock of Gibraltar, to see the raptor migration
- Walk the cliffs around the Lizard in Cornwall - I've been there a few times before, but never with my eyes open for plants
- Visit Ranscombe Farm in north Kent for Corncockles and Cornflowers, Cudweed and Ground Pine
- Clamber over the limestone pavements of the Pennines
- Find a Late Spider Orchid on the downs, and
- Visit a place I know where Fly Orchids flower, but for once at the right time
- Locate a Long-eared Owl at roost
- Take a slow boat up and down Norwegian fjords
- Encounter a large wild animal, and survive
- Compare Duke of Burgundy butterflies in Hampshire with the Kentish ones
- Watch Flamingos and Stilts on the Camargue
- See Swallowtail butterflies on the Norfolk Broads
- Walk the Breckland on a hot day
- Hear Manx Shearwaters around their burrows at night
- Land on the Goodwin Sands, play cricket and watch the seals
- Clear the scrub from The Lynch to return it to chalk downland.
The Galapagos should be on there, of course, but places like that need fewer tourists, and the carbon footprint would be frightening.