Pembrokeshire’s less well-known wonders.
Famed for its coast, some may not be aware that Pembrokeshire also plays a vital part in the protection and sustainability of ancient woodlands. The clean air and climate allow a profusion of mosses, liches and wildflowers across the county. In the 170 acres of Ty Canol Woods, near Newport , there are an incredible 400 species of lichen, for example.
Woodlands are an essential ecological resource and the woodland in the north of the county is particularly valuable as there are sites of old sessile oaks.
The banks of the county’s rivers and streams are often heavily wooded and there are sections along the coast path too. If you would like to explore some of Pembrokeshire’s wooded areas here is a list to get you started!
Canaston – Bosherton – Teifi Marshes – Colby – Llys-y-fran – Gwaun Valley – Preseli Hills – Cleddau banks – Nevern area – Stackpole – Welsh Wildlife Centre – Eweston Woods – Haroldston Woods – Abermawr Woods
Spring comes early in West Wales and it is uplifting to explore the wooded areas and see the emergence of the wildflowers – first the snowdrops, then celandines, violets, wood anemones and bluebells. There are plenty of hidden patches of Pembrokeshire woodland where you can come across swathes of bluebells and wild garlic. Primroses in many shades also flourish in the shady banks of many wooded areas in Spring.
If you have a small wooded area and would like to introduce native wildflowers, the Wildflower Nursery can provide plug plants such as hedge woundwort, rockrose, wild basil, carrot and garlic.
Thanks to Andrew Bailey for many of the images used – his watercolourcards and prints are available from his etsy shop.