APHOTOMARINE

An educational resource dedicated mainly to the photography
and diversity of marine life that can be found in coastal waters
and intertidal areas of Great Britain and Ireland.

A-P-H-O-T-O Wildlife Stock Image Library
Mobility and access to shores and beaches (products)
Mobilty Scooter
TGA Breeze 4
- at Battery Rocks 1

Mobilty Scooter
TGA Breeze 4
- at Battery Rocks 1

Mobilty Scooter
TGA Breeze 4
- at Battery Rocks 1

Veloped
All-terrain walker
- at Penzance 1

Veloped
All-terrain walker
- at Marazion 1

Veloped
All-terrain walker
- at Marazion 2

Please note some of the images above have been used in the press and these are ©David Fenwick. The images do not belong to anyone else.

I, the author, have added the following images to show the products I use to access the shore around where I live and further afield. I suffer from CFS/ME, COPD, lumber degeneration and cervical stenosis. The products shown are however only useful where there is good access so they are unfortunately rather limited to shore access around cities, towns and villages.

The TGA Breeze is a well known all-terrain model, it's a workhorse, and provides a very stable ride with up to a 35 mile range. I've had the model adapted and have designed a rear rack for carrying more, however any extra weight has to be balanced out at the front.

The Veloped is a new all-terrain walker that has been designed and constructed in Sweden. When I first saw it I realized very quickly how useful it would be and could see how well thought out the design was. When it arrived my expectations were met with jubilation as it does exactly as described, and everything about it is just brilliant and not only is it all-terrain, it's very much all purpose and there is nothing else quite like it on the market. Well designed, well built and of an aluminium construction, it's a super product and well worth the price.

The Veloped was purchased because it will go more places than a mobility scooter but it has one distinct and important advantage over a mobility scooter, the EXERCISE you get, and you can do as much or as little before taking a break and sitting down to rest, so the Veloped can be used to improve stamina and fitness and therefore has greater health benefits over a scooter. I don't get on with crutches or a stick at all and standing still in one spot for any length of time can be painful, the Veloped overcomes these issues.

Both produces are incredibly useful on land also for gaining access to wildlife, and scooters can be a good platform for photography. It's just a shame that few routeways are published. Ideally it would be brilliant if maps and guides could be produced that display suitable access routes in each county. It's not nice to go two miles down a track only to find a barrier or kissing gate designed to stop motor bikes.

Fauna and flora can be found everywhere, and as much satisfaction can be taken from looking at smaller species such as smaller species of wildflowers or insects, as trees or birds. The reporting / recording of UK wildlife is something everyone can be involved with. It provides an aim and objective to be outside, and identifications can often be carried out at home in the warm and dry. A lot of focus / concentration is often needed while searching and this could provide a welcomed diversion to pain.

 

Mobility and access to shores and beaches Veloped all terrain walker TGA Breeze Mobility Scooter product Images
The main objective of this website is in furthering environmental awareness and education through the medium of photography. To increase awareness and access to the wildlife of the region and help
people find and identify it. Sometimes the difference between species is obvious but many species can only be determined by observing microscopic characteristics that are specific to any one species.