Nature and environment

Pembrokeshire’s rich natural resources

Abereiddy Sundown

West Wales Walks : Abereiddi to Porthgain & Ynys Barry.

A circular walk. Always a family favourite, this walk is a must for many regular visitors to Pembrokeshire – it has stunning coastal scenery, beaches, an inland stroll and fascinating industrial relics! OS Explorer map OL35 is the best one to use and you can plan your route and timings to take advantage of some […]

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Coastal path wildflowers.

Pembrokeshire’s coastal landscape The rocks along the coast rise in an almost unbroken series from the 1.5m year old pre-cambrian base up to the coal measures dating from 300m years ago. Erosion has worn away more recent deposits.These were then massively distorted by two huge mountain-building distrubances and fragmented some sections exposing rocks such as […]

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Whitesands

Coast Path day nine

Just a little way above the beach you can rejoin the coast path – mind the traffic on the lane in summer as newcomers are easily distracted on the bend by the astounding view! If you are interested in the Iron Age, then this section will really appeal to you as you will soon come […]

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rockeries

Outdoors at the National Botanical Garden of Wales.

Near Carmarthen, at Llanarthne, the National Botanical Garden of Wales was developed on the site of an estate once owned by the Middleton family. The Middleton Estate is in the Tywi valley and was first created in 1600s by seafaring adventurers and founders of the East India Company. In 1740 Sir William Paxton bought the […]

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Thrift on the beach cliffs

Shoreline wild plants of Pembrokeshire.

With the most spectacular variation in the coastal edges in Pembrokeshire, there is a unique combination of wild plants and flowers along the extreme edges of the shores. Saltmarsh flowers Saltmarshes are formed as a flat or muddy area sheltered behind a bank of shingle or sand or else along the lowest reaches of streams […]

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Porthgain harbour

Coast Path day 8

Trefin to Abereiddi. From the beach walk a little way up the lane and rejoin the coast path on the right and as you reach the cliff top you will see volcanic boulders places on the promontory by farmers – it is sadly not an ancient stone circle! Ensure any dogs are on a lead […]

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rockeries

Science and Learning at the Botanical Garden.

The mission of the Botanical Garden of Wales is to “inspire, educate and conserve” and it undertakes to do this by informing visitors as they explore and enjoy the surroundings, but also be providing courses, trails and special events. There is a large well-staffed science centre and much of what you can see is part […]

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the evening closed with a spectacular sunset

Shearwater Week on Skomer Island.

PART 2 – A GLIMPSE OF ISLAND LIFE VIEW FROM THE PUBLIC HIDE TOWARDS THE FARM ACCOMMODATION Welcome to Part 2 of my account of a recent stay that I enjoyed on Skomer Island. I was assisting with the annual Shearwater Week, an opportunity for the general public to stay on the island for a […]

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Roch, Pembrokeshire

West Wales Walks – Roch and its surrounds.

Roch is a great place to start walking from… A couple of people had commented on my previous blog about village life in Roch and would like to show others just how beautiful the surrounding area is – if you just drive through you will easily miss the walks in every direction. You can meander […]

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great glasshouse

Isn’t nature wonderful!

A tour of the great Glasshouse of the National Botanical Garden of Wales. The quote above is from one of the Volunteer Guide’s Derek Caldwell, one of a dedicated team of amateur gardener guides at the world’s largest single-span glasshouse. Every Tuesday since it opened in May 2000, Derek has shown visitors around and entertained […]

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