Around this time last year we were camped out in Miles the Camper Van on the South Cornish coast. The weather was unseasonably warm last year, but was a little chillier today on our day trip. However we were still lucky to discover the same amount of amazing wild mushrooms in the exact areas we had found them before. The gorse and bracken were a little higher so it was a little harder to search them out but find them we did.
We also had a visit from our old friends the choughs. We had hoped to see them when we first arrived, but they only appeared at the end of our walk when we had nearly given up hope. At first it was hard to definitely identify them from a distance, and we doubted our initial sighting of their acrobatic flight. However, a ray of sunshine revealed the banded orange legs, and orange beaks in all their wonderful glory. The sightings were topped off by the distinctive 'cheow' call of this charismatic Cornish bird.
We weren't camping out on this occasion, so we retreated home with our mushroom haul and Phil cooked up a Spanish inspired seitan, mushroom, and tomato dish to enjoy for dinner, whilst we mused over the delight of yet another Cornish chough experience and successful mushroom forage.
This time of year will definitely be marked in the diary for returning to this special spot to stock up on wild mushrooms and hopefully see the choughs.