Bee Orchids on the Warren

There are a multitude of wild flowers blooming on the Warren at the moment, but perhaps one of the prettiest are the little Bee Orchids which seem to be having a good year. 

These attractive little orchids mimic a female bee in order to attract males.

Torbay Airshow

Torbay Airshow was a story of two halves this year due to terrible weather on one of the days.

Luckily we went along on the Saturday which was beautiful, warm, and full of action! An easy trip on the train from Sandays and a really good day out.

New Bus Service No.222

Stagecoach South West have introduced a new open top bus service running hourly from Dawlish Warren to Teignmouth via Dawlish. 

It is stopping in the usual place at the Warren, a few easy paces from Sandays! We are sure it will be used and enjoyed over these summer months and look forward to hopping on ourselves.

Bank Holiday Weekend Fun in Dawlish


Torbay Brass

Dawlish is buzzing over the Bank Holiday Weekend! Street market, fun on the Lawns, Vintage bikes, and lots of other entertainment, including the sounds of Torbay Brass on Saturday. 

Today (Monday) there will be the Panatical Steel Band on the bandstand. 

Colourful time of year in Devon

It is one of the most beautiful times of year here in Devon when every hedgerow, cliff face and patch of land is blooming with all sorts of wild flowers. We have had one of the longest bluebell seasons I can remember, still going strong now in lots of places. Valerian is out everywhere in a variety of colours, and the california poppies are out in force on our garden at Sandays.

There are too many plants to mention on the Warren but I did enjoy a california tree lupin in full bloom the other day (a rare escapee from nature reserve axe) and also this lovely patch by the woods filled with Southern Marsh Orchids and Flag Iris.

Bank Holiday Weekend

Lots going on in and around Dawlish this Bank Holiday weekend. You might want to start with a visit to Luscombe Castle on Friday when the gardens are open for charity from 10.30 -2.30.

It has been marvellous sunny weather all week so fingers crossed that it holds for the weekend!

Cuckoos calling on Dartmoor

Although the call of a cuckoo is getting rare these days, we were treated to a whole day of calls on Dartmoor!

Many other birds were very much in evidence too; a hive of activity and birdsong.

Always splendid, the moor was particularly colourful today with new bright green foliage, bluebells, and the striking yellow gorse.