Expedition 87 - 24th May 2003
Camusaine (east of Ardery)


They said it would be showery, and all the showers came in the morning and stopped when we got back, but as ever, it was still a good trip. We only had three explorers: Alexander, John Donaldson and Lewis with Philippa and the expedition dog, Crunchie.
We parked close to the beach and started by examining one of James Cameron's distinctive fence strainers, more of which we were to see later on. Then we crossed the beach to look at an interesting stone, only to be diverted by a very good clay deposit which, from experiment, was found to hang on to a wellie boot pretty well. After a look at the odd chunk of limestone on the pile of ballast rocks at the top of the beach we carried on into the wood through the alder plantation and looking at a big oak which was being attacked by winter moth caterpillars, although we didn't see or hear any caterpillars. The waterfall was making a lot of noise but we couldn't get a good view since the trees were in full leaf, next time I'll come earlier in the spring.
Carrying on through the wood John read out the account of the fire which took place there in 1755 and after a break we went on to the top of the hill and examined a tree which had once been a fence post and now had thick iron wires going right through it. Lewis and John found a big ants' nest and spent some time around it. We also saw a huge old oak pollard which had fallen only a few years before and came back to the road down a beautiful track built by the estate at least a hundred years before.

John Dye


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