Eight Hurriers set out from De Kelders this morning at the start of our walk to Grotto Beach. The weather and the tides were perfect and we enjoyed a really wonderful excursion on this lovely stretch of beach. Gulls and Oystercatchers abounded and watched our progress with interest, along with occasional Plovers, Wagtails and Whimbrels.
Sadly our enjoyment was somewhat marred by the presence of fisherman driving on the beach – where they had no right to be. We questioned their being there and they said they had permits, but a subsequent enquiry at Cape Nature revealed that there is no such permit available. We also saw people harvesting vast numbers of white mussels – way in excess of the allowed catch – further adding to our frustration. It really is sad to this abuse of our natural resources.
We walked a total of 18.5 km in just under 5 hours. Tonight we will sleep well and enjoy dreams of unending beaches!