Summer Stroll 2014


On a lovely summer Saturday, the Friends of Weston Shore were joined by guests for a gentle stroll along the shore. We started at Southampton Sailing Club and were pleased to see so many people out enjoying the beautiful weather.

with Bruce from Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery

with Bruce from Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery

There were people using the facilities the sailing club has to offer and further up the shore, towards the Rolling Mills a large number of people had gathered together for a rowing regatta organised by Southampton Rowing Club.

Further along we were lucky enough to see an egret fishing on the shore. As always it was a delight to see this beautiful bird and their presence on the shore reminds us how importance the area is for wildlife.

An egret at Weston Shore

An egret at Weston Shore

Then we had another lucky sighting – this time of our local hero Richard. He was on his regular litter picking patrol and it was great to catch up with him. Richard’s energy and enthusiasm are an inspiration to us and the improvement in the shore especially since the winter storms has a lot to do with his hard work.

Richard at work on Weston Shore

Richard at work on Weston Shore

The shore looked wonderful in the summer sunshine and we thoroughly enjoyed taking in the sights. Walking along the Weston Shore Link, we came to the Conkerfield.

The Conkerfield

The Conkerfield

As is our tradition on our summer strolls, we had a tour round Netley Abbey as our final destination.

Netley Abbey - the Abbots Lodging to be precise

Netley Abbey – the Abbot’s Lodging to be precise

As an extra bonus, some of us went onto Netley carnival and bumped into our friends from the Netley Abbey Beach Cleaning Volunteer Group. They had organised a “rubble run” event on the shore to clear some of the rubble that has accumulated on the shore, especially after the sea wall had been damaged in the winter storms.

The Netley Abbey Beach Cleaning Volunteer Group

The Netley Abbey Beach Cleaning Volunteer Group

It was a wonderful day and we hope to have another walk next year!

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