Bordering on the Brazos River, in east Texas, this state park has several lakes, a sizable creek, and some hardwood forest along with prairie. Armadillo and alligator are among the wildlife here.

Activities: Hiking and backpacking are possible on over 20 miles of trails. Some trails are open to bikes. Fishing is available at the lakes.

Camping Regulations: A single designated camping area is located along one of the trails. Backpack camping is restricted to this area.

For Further Information: Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762, Needville, TX 77461; (409)553-3243.


They have been known to relentlessly pursue smaller birds to the point of exhaustion before swooping in for the kill. The Arctic skua, along with its bigger brother, the great skua, usually breeds in the Orkneys and Shetland, building its nest in grass and heather on the moors. It migrates south in the autumn, feeding on stolen food including carrion, eggs, nestlings and small birds. It makes a harsh, deep, barking type of cry and its colour, size, short tail and antics make it stand out from its fellow seabirds. Passerine (perching) birds During their migratory journeys, many thousands ofpasserine (perching) birds pass through the Farne Islands, many of them resting for days, but only a few stay for any length of time before moving on to their final destinations. A small number of local birds come over from the mainland and make the Farne Islands their permanent home: blackbirds, jackdaws, crows, meadow pipits, pied wagtails, sparrows and starlings, the last two nesting in old buildings. Up to 40 pairs of rock pipits also nest on the largest of the islands. The grey seal, also commonly referred to as the Atlantic seal, is one of the main attractions at the Farne Islands and every year thousands of visitors wanting to see them make the journey over in one of the many trip boats which operate from Seahouses harbour. The seals have now become accustomed to the visitors who mean them no harm, a far cry from days gone by when they were hunted relentlessly by the Farne Island monks and fishermen from the coastal villages who made lucrative profits from hunting the ‘celys’. Trip boats can now get as close to the seal colonies as is practically possible but divers are at an advantage because they can meet the seals in their own underwater environment.

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