Tour At A Glance

Cost:

599.00

Deposit:

100.00

Single Room Supplement:

75.00

Tour Code:

Fairly relaxed

Group Size:

Fourteen plus Leaders

Grayling Little-ringed Plover Small Blue High Brown Fritillary Bee Orchids

South Wales - Summer Wildlife

Date: 27th - 30th June 2019 [SPACES]
Leaders: Paul Roberts

Introduction

 

Red-veined Darter
 
This excellent itinerary focuses on general wildlife in the under watched region of South Wales. Our first site at Castle-upon Alun is one of the best butterfly sites in Wales. Here we hope to find fritillaries on the wing including the rare High Brown at its only regular site in Wales. Botanically the site is unusual, being an example of limestone heath; both acidloving plants such as Lousewort and Cross-leaved Heath grow cheek by jowl with lime-lovers including Rock-rose and Horseshoe Vetch. Our next stop will be the adjacent Ogmore Down, where Dartford Warblers will be our target. Other birds that may be present here include Lesser Whitethroat, Peregrine and Common Raven. If time permits, we will take a walk on the seafront or at nearby Cwm Nash to search for Red-billed Chough which inhabit this stretch of coastline, but they can be elusive at this time of year and we will also make time for a visit to the River Ewenny at Ogmore Castle to look for both Banded and Beautiful Demoiselle. Kenfig National Nature Reserve includes the reedfringed freshwater pool home to breeding Cetti’s, Reed and Sedge Warblers and Common Whitethroat while Willow Warblers abound in the scrub. In recent years, a small population of Red-veined Darter has bred here and we hope that this species will be present. Likewise, Lesser Emperor dragonflies are being recorded annually, while Emperor, Broad-bodied Chaser and Common Darter are common here. Butterflies should include Wall and Meadow Browns, Small Heath, Small Blue and Dingy Skipper among others. It is however for its flora that the site has national nature reserve status and principally for the 90% of the British population of Fen Orchids. Other orchids that may be blooming there include Pyramidal which is often present in large numbers, while Bee Orchid sometimes flower in the car park where we take our picnic lunch. The picturesque Neath Valley offers the chance to find the elusive Honey Buzzard, of which a few pairs breed, but we could also encounter Common Buzzard, Red Kite, Eurasian Hobby and European Sparrowhawk. The Gower Peninsula is justifiably famous for its diverse landscape and wealth of wildlife. Our first port of call could produce Marsh Fritillary at one of its remaining strongholds. The rest of the day will be spent exploring the south coast, home to rare plants such as Yellow Whitlowgrass, Sea Stock, Hoary Rock-rose and Goldilocks Aster. Finally the old opencast site at Llanilid holds a wide variety of wildlife. Breeding waders in recent years have included Little Ringed Plovers while the pools here support numerous dragonflies including Four-spotted Chaser, Keeled Skimmer and Black-tailed Skimmer.
 

 

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