Posted by: Ross Gardner | September 24, 2017

Into Wales

August was to be the month for Wales, but not before giving our regards to the fair county of Somerset and seeing some interesting sites in a Bristol back garden……

Kilve

The Kilve coast was a ‘must return’ for us as we passed through Somerset. It doesn’t boast the tallest of cliffs, the prettiest of beaches or the richest wildlife, but there is something about it that just hits the spot for me. The cliffs are wonderfully revealing of their Jurassic geology and lean the weight of deep time as inspirationally as any part of the Jurassic Coast.

Bombus jonellus 3

And while in Somerset it would not do to neglect to visit the lovely of Exmoor National Park. The trail from Selworthy village takes in some fine woodland and colourful heather and gorse-tinged heathland. It also provided my first encounter with the uncommon Heath Bumblebee (Bombus jonellus).

Hedgehog 3 (scaled)

With family on the edge of the city, a stop in Bristol was also a must. It also allowed us to enjoy privileged and close encounters with some rather wonderful Hedgehogs. My sister can sometimes see as many as four at a time in her garden and which are most appreciative of the dried mealworms she puts out for them.

Wye Valley view 2 (scaled)

Into South Wales our first port of call was the Wye Valley. Either side of the eponymous river are to be found slope woodland rich in wildlife, including many uncommon species like the hugely declined Lesser Spotted Woodpecker we saw tagging along with a mixed tit flock……

Peacock 4 (scaled)

Into South Wales and our first port of call was the Wye Valley. Either side of the eponymous river are to be found slope woodland rich in wildlife, including many uncommon species like the hugely declined Lesser Spotted Woodpecker we saw tagging along with a mixed tit flock. Sometimes though, it is the thankfully common things that can quite simply take the breath away. What a beauty the Peacock butterfly is.

 

Then on to the Gower Peninsula, just south of Swansea…

Bishopston Valley - cave entrance 2

A place of surprise caves hiding underground rivers…..

Pwlldu Bay - approach 2 (scaled)

Verdant wooded valleys, like this one at Bishopston……

Rhossil Bay and Down (scaled)

and its fair share of spectacular coastline, such as here at Rhossili Bay.

Bottle-nosed Dolphin - mother and calf (scaled)

It was from the cliffs at Rhossili where we saw a privileged sight indeed. We were able to spend an hour watching this Bottle-nosed Dolphin and her calf.

Wales is indeed a place of many wonders.

 

 

 


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