Category Archives: Nature

A rarity

The Perennial Centaury (Centarium scilloides), which flowers in June, was thought to have only one native habitat in the UK – Newport Dunes. It has recently also been seen in Cornwall but it remains an exciting find. It grows on the Atlantic coasts … Continue reading

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Down to the sea

Each of Dinas’ beaches is fed by a stream that rushes water down from the mountain. This torrent ends up in Aberbach whereas if you follow the valley to Aberfforest you’ll find that the water drops from a rocky height to the … Continue reading

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Glorious colour

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A farmer at Hescwm

This is the only photo I have of my great-grandfather, Stephen George, standing alone, in his soft, comfortable, everyday clothes.  The other photos that have survived show him as a ‘pillar of the community‘ or ‘pater familias’ –  his place in the group … Continue reading

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Garnwen’s Gourmet Goats

The photo above was taken from Garnwen, a rocky outcrop at the Fishguard end of Dinas. This was one of my favourite places, as a child on holiday in Dinas. I loved running over the rocks to the top where … Continue reading

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Carpets of spring flowers at Castell Henllys

Castell Henllys in mid April –  gorgeous weather and wonderful spring flowers. Many thanks to Ann Hughes for the photos.

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When Dinas fed Birmingham

If you’d like a project while you’re staying in Dinas, the Mammal Society is looking for help in mapping populations of rabbits and hares in the UK. See here for more details. Apart from the catastrophic myxomatosis outbreak in the … Continue reading

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Pembrokeshire birds illustrated

 

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The old pathways

This beautiful path runs parallel to the river Gwaun flowing at the bottom of the valley to the left of the photo. Local maps show numerous rights of way along ancient pathways, untarmaced roads and tracks. You won’t find many walkers – you … Continue reading

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A rare sight

Before about 1930, our family photos were formal and posed. They commemorated significant family occasions and entailed a visit to Edwards of Fishguard and presumably some considerable expense. Then someone acquired a camera and began to take ‘holiday snaps’ and photos … Continue reading

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Winter seas at Cwm-yr-Eglwys

    This was Cwm-yr-Eglwys last weekend, when the Stena Ferry from Ireland failed to berth at Fishguard to unload its vehicles and had to wait for hours in Cardigan bay for calmer seas. Many thanks to Ann Hughes for … Continue reading

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There’s nuffin like a puffin

2014 was a dreadful year for Puffins in Pembrokeshire. Research by Dr Matt Wood at the University of Gloucestershire* is revealing the harsh consequences of last winter’s’s storms for thousands of puffins on Skomer Island. Around 50,000 dead seabirds, including … Continue reading

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