Tarr Steps Clapper bridge.

Tarr Steps is a clapper bridge across the River Barle in the Exmoor National Park, Somerset, England. 

Its age is unknown, as several theories claim that Tarr Steps dates from the Bronze Age but others date them from around 1400 AD. The stones forming the spans weigh between one and two tons each. Over the years the bridge has been badly damaged by floodwaters and branches floating down with the flood and smashing into the bridge. After the flood of 1952 debris has been trapped by cables strung across the river upstream of the bridge. These cables were damaged in 2016 and failed which caused the bridge to be damaged so again had to be repaired.

While visiting the steps workmen arrived to remove a build up of logs.

log build up.

Upstream, the log catcher looks like a damaged suspension foot bridge.

Exmoor wildlife spots.

A few days away in our campervan and some different wildlife spotting on and around Exmoor.

Lots of cock Pheasants were about and their colour come to life in the Autumn sunshine.

The fast-flowing rivers and streams on Exmoor are the place to spot Dippers. The Dipper is a short-tailed, plump bird a little bit bigger than the size of a Robin. When perched on a rock it bobs up and down and frequently cocks its tail. Its white throat and breast is a contrast with its dark body plumage. Their diet is small fish insect larvae and freshwater shrimps. They enter the fast-flowing water going underwater in search of food.

The Redwing is a member of the Thrush family and our smallest thrush. A small number can be encountered all year in the UK but their number increase in winter and over 8 million birds have been recorded. They roam across the UK’s countryside, in small flocks – feeding in fields and hedgerows, they can often be spotted on Holly bushes or other red-berried trees stripping off the berries.

A Mistle Thrush had joined the flock of Redwings.- I only just caught him with the camera!

As always I seem to always be close to a Robin especially this time of year.

I spotted this group of young Fallow Deer many were much darker than the ones I see in the New Forest they were a true Black in colour.