Five (x 3) go on coastal adventures
It seems like we’ve been in a “take me to the beach” mood lately, so this year we decided to head south on the M5 for a Devonian coastal adventure.
We have to admit that we couldn’t resist the temptation to stop at WWT Steart Marshes and have a look at the spectacular working wetlands on site. Tim McGrath very kindly agreed to give us a tour around the Reserve, and after a very informative introduction we took a stroll.
It was incredibly inspiring to hear about the progress and development of the Steart Marshes and the engagement with the local community since the earliest stages.
After lunch, we headed to the mighty North Devon coast for some intertidal fauna investigations, surf and beach cricket – vitamin sea was calling!
Next morning, after an amble along the beach, we visited Braunton Burrows Biosphere Reserve. Determined to learn as much as possible about the site’s ecology and history, we were greeted by Rupert Hawley from Christie Estates, who knows everything there is to know about the largest dune system in the UK; Rupert guided us around the Burrows and showed us the site’s best kept secrets (in the form of wildlife) as well as the recent vegetation management works that have been undertaken at this extremely important (yet fragile) dune ecosystem.
And then … time to head home! All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable and productive team building exercise.
Here’s looking forward to more team adventures in 2018!