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What a wonderful experience. Visited Vindolanda a couple of years ago – a great site

Stephen Liddell

I’ve been so busy with my tours that I haven’t had a day off since April 16th and so my blog posts are currently a bit shorter than usual.  Even last week when I would be walking for up to 11 hours a day, I still had to start and finish my day with what I call Admin Work.

One of the places I most enjoyed visiting last week was the old Roman site of Vindolanda.Vindolanda is one of Europe’s most important Roman archeological sites and every summer archeologists and volunteers from around the world descend on the place.

IMG_9628One photo can’t capture just how big a site Vindolanda is

The site itself comprises at least 8 successive forts of which several were occupied before Hadrian’s Wall was built.  Regiments from across the Empire were garrisoned here. The visible stone fort dates to the early third century and the impressive…

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The bullfinch is one of the most attractive birds and one of my favourites. So it was very exciting to get the opportunity to photograph them at The Wetlands Trust at Washington.

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Some more pictures of Puffins taken in the Farne Islands

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Some more pictures of Grey Seals from the Farne Islands.

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Some pictures of Guillemots from Staple Island. These amazing ‘cities’ of birds crowded on the cliff tops.

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Atlantic Puffins must be one of the most delightful creatures. It was amazing to see so many on Staple Island – so close and so tame.

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Pictures from our recent trip to Northumbria.

I find it fascinating looking at all the different colour variants that exist in a single colony.

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