Now we are approaching the point where we can - hopefully - emerge from our enforced hibernation, I have been thinking about walks around sites of natural history interest over the coming season. Obviously, all will depend on the CoVID situation prevailing at the time.
The idea would be to meet at these sites at 10.30 am on the 4th Wednesday of the month, weather permitting. If the weather was poor on such a date, we could postpone the walk by a day or a few days as required.
I have been looking at some possible sites and dates, but would very much welcome other suggestions and advice. I am new to the area!
The dates are all based on my best guess as to when the sites will be of maximum interest, but they may be better at other times - if so let me know.
Cilgerran - April (if permitted)
Ty Canol Wood - May (hopefully this will be possible by then)
This is an excellent woodland site, which I reconnoitred last autumn. In late Spring or early Summer it should be well worth seeing
Bosherston Ponds - June
Dowrog Common - July
WT reserve off A487 North of St David's, opposite Dr Beynon's Bug Farm. The latter is well worth a visit afterwards, if it survives. Good for marsh plants, dragonflies and damselflies, and hen harriers
West Angle Bay - August
Excellent rock-pooling. Rare cushion stars are found here.
Minwear Wood NNR - September
Or we could walk the coast path looking for baby seals, to be seen in September. I know a couple of good spots.
Pembroke Upper Mill Pond, nr Pembroke - October
Good for waterfowl
Teifi Marshes - November
Said to be one of the best wetland sites in Wales, with over wintering birds including thousands of starlings coming in to roost and performing a fine murmuration over the marshes before descending to roost.
Other sites I have been looking at:
West Williamston WT reserve, Kilgetty. Birds and flowers
Westfield Pill NR near Neyland Waterfowl and flowers
Puncheston Common: dragon flies and mosses
Marloes Mere:T birds in winter dragonflies in summer
Source of Stonehenge bluestones
Treffgarne gorge and tors
https://www.welshwildlife.org/nature-reserve/pengelli-forest/ Parking is a problem here
http://coronationmeadows.org.uk/meadow/mountain-meadows-clarbeston-road Not sure about access
Other ideas for this season or next that occur to me are:
Strumble Head (seabirds, seals and dolphins)
Skomer accessible by RSPB boat at £25 return
Ramsey Island RSPB reserve. Might be worth trying for a group booking with 1000 Islands boats
Pen Dinas - nice coast walk
St Davids Head, for the energetic
Westdale Bay (nr Dale)
Sandy Haven is apparently good in winter for migrants
Corsydd Llangloffan, where we went in November, is worth seeing in summer, and just up the road (walkable) is a superb pool for dragonflies
What do people think?
If there is enough interest I shall convene a Zoom meeting on Wednesday March 31st at 10.30 am to finalise our Summer Programme.