Sunday afternoon we took a rare opportunity to get into Cragside free. Cragside for those outside the North East is a National Trust estate south of Rothbury. The former home of wealthy victorian engineer & entrepeneur Lord Armstrong. Whilst Armstrong is famous for his hydro-electric development on the estate and inventions such as the hydraulic accumulator, he was also a keen angler. It is obvious to anyone touring his house and grounds he had an appreciation of nature and there is much of ornithological interest in the house, albeit much of it is dead and mounted after the habits of the age he lived in. The shell collection which I didn't photograph as it was all glass case based was huge. There is no flash photography allowed so many of these shots are ISO1600 in very low (Victorian) light.