Swooping sand martins

It was a long time since I had seen the sand martins at Cadover Bridge on the River Plym on south-west Dartmoor.  So, when I had a short gap between the previously-described walk over Sheepstor and the Dartmoor Preservation Association AGM at Yelverton on 25 May, I popped over there for a look.

Cadover Bridge was heaving with people and dogs. I eschewed the main car-park and took the dead-end road towards Trowlesworthy, which used to be the through road to Lee Moor before the china clay pits engulfed it.  I stopped in the small car park on the left and walked down to the river bank.  I found a quiet spot to sit.

Plym at Cadover

By the Plym, Cadover Bridge is to the left

Despite a noisy barbeque nearby, and plenty of people not far off, the sand martins swooped past, elegantly catching insects.

Barbeque at Cadover

Barbeque by the Plym

There were fewer martins than I used to see, but they are still there.  I also saw a reed bunting in the gorse.

I was glad to add sand martins to this year’s bird sightings.

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I am the general secretary of the Open Spaces Society and I campaign for public access, paths and open spaces in town and country.
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2 Responses to Swooping sand martins

  1. John Bainbridge says:

    The Teign east of Teigngrace used to be a good place for them – and the walk includes the interesting Stover Canal.

  2. Thanks John, I don’t know that area, must go!

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