OV0000 : Dead Roe Deer at OV000000

taken 7 years ago, near to Staintondale, North Yorkshire, Great Britain

Dead Roe Deer at OV000000
Dead Roe Deer at OV000000
First Visit.
I have been fascinated by this grid reference for years but didn't manage my first visit to OV0000 until 29 July 2011. We descended the zig-zag path down the cliffs from the Cleveland Way near Ravenscar and I left my daughter and her friends on the shore at NZ993012 while I went solo over the boulders heading south. At OV000000 I found a dead Roe Deer at the top of the beach - mostly bones with salt-dried skin still attached. I guessed that it had tumbled down the cliff. On the way back I found a fixed rope from the shore to the undercliff and I hauled myself up across the shaly outcrop, hoping to find the old path along the undercliff. Then problems started. The path became overgrown and I got totally tangled up in gorse and briar. I was wearing shorts and my legs were well lacerated. Eventually I managed to hack my way back to the top of the fixed rope and abseiled down to the shore. I wasted over an hour with this foolish detour. By then the tide was coming in and I had to do some wading between the boulders, but the cool sea water soothed my hot bloody legs.

OV0000 Revisited
24 October 2013, a sunny warm autumn day with a low tide. A half decent fisherman's path with 6 or 7 fixed ropes takes you down to the shore at NZ993012. Then it was a scramble over the boulder shore for about 1400 metres down to OV000000. My main aim on this trip was to take some insect samples for the national and Yorkshire recording schemes (insects are mapped by grid reference too!) Small Tortoiseshell butterflies were flying down the shore, and a micromoth species was out in good numbers. I also found a cranefly, a caterpillar, a snail-killing fly, three species of woodlice, a millipede, an earthworm, a caddis fly, two different ground beetles, a parasitic wasp and a planthopper. Not bad for late October!

So now OV00 will appear on some invertebrate distribution maps. By the time I had bouldered back along the shore and hauled myself up the cliff path I was pretty tired and ready for a cuppa. But it was much easier with the tide out.
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Date Taken
Friday, 29 July, 2011   (more nearby)
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Friday, 25 October, 2013
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Coastal  Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! OV 000 000 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:23.1407N 0:27.6996W
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OSGB36: geotagged! OV 000 000
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