Category Archives: Wildlife

We’re in a Megafauna Hotspot

The Wildlife Trusts are proposing that The Cardigan Bay area and the ‘Pembrokeshire Marine’ should be designated ‘reserves’ for the harbour porpoises that are often seen in the area. According to Sea Trust volunteers, Strumble Head attracts very large numbers of porpoises, … Continue reading

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Come to Dinas to see the real thing

  We saw these birds by Ugo Rondinone in Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof earlier in the year. A few months later, the memory of the gallery installation worked to make the ordinary birds on the murky Newport river mud a joyous sight.

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A walled garden offering delicious solitude for readers and nature lovers

If you should be looking for a quiet place to retreat with a good book, I suggest Manorowen Walled Garden. There is a small entrance fee but I am sure that you could find a comfortable seat and spend a delightful day … Continue reading

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What the storms brought to Pwllgwaelod beach

After days of high winds and squally rain  (official weather warnings from the Met Office), I set off for the beach prepared to find plastic debris from the storm. Instead, I found the inevitable band of seaweed at the high-water mark … Continue reading

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How to spot baby seals

Baby seals, parked on beaches at this time of the year by their mums, can be difficult to spot if you’re walking along the cliff tops. Sometimes it’s easier to see the adult seal in the water nearby; she will … Continue reading

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How do I love this county?

The coastal path is a pleasure and a delight; the sea in all seasons has an awe-inspiring beauty; the wildlife fascinates but the Preselis have a breathtaking grandeur that holds me in a spell and binds me to this part of Wales. … Continue reading

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Earth, wind, fire and water c1987

The wooded valley leading down to Aberfforest beach once hosted an amazing exhibition of sculptures. They were fashioned from soil and slate, turves and trees and were destined to return to nature in their own time and leave no trace. We watched … Continue reading

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Pwllgwaelod to Aberbach

Here are some of the wild flowers we saw on a walk to the beach at Aberbach this summer. I love Aberbach. The road that dips and climbs along the coast at this point is only single track and there … Continue reading

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Tycanol Wood and its magic mossy ways

The roots of this oak tree must surely offer shelter to many small animals that venture out when the coast is clear. On the wet day of our visit to Tycanol Wood, however, we saw only the sheep that nibble … Continue reading

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Bird watching in the Nevern estuary

The cars you can see parked on the far left may belong to visitors looking for a signal for their mobiles but they are more likely to be bird watchers, who know that the Nevern River’s tidal estuary at Newport attracts a wonderful variety of … Continue reading

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Wild horses on the Preselis

  You can often see horses, roaming wild in the Preselis around Dinas. They seem to be quite friendly and may come close to you if you stop for a rest while out walking. I remember, as a child, being encouraged … Continue reading

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Even better than John Lewis

You could buy this quality ‘lambswool throw’ on-line from John Lewis and take it on trust that the colours are stunningly beautiful and that it is soft to touch.   Tegfan visitors, however, are within easy reach of Melin Tregwynt where … Continue reading

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