About two dozen members of the Bridgend Group of the Wildlife Trust met at Bracelet Bay, Mumbles, on Saturday 7th May to walk a small section of the round-Wales Coast Path on its inauguration day.
This was in unintended competition to local ramblers, Scouts and other enthusiasts who had also planned a walk from the same starting point heralded by local dignitaries and two AMs.
But the Trust members were focused on the special flora and fauna wildlife of the Welsh coastline, and they were not disappointed. As the walkers made their way to Pwll Du Bay, Whitethroats and Stonechats sounded their presence from the cliffs and a lone seal relaxed in the calm waters off-shore.
Even in this small section many of the spring flowers that characterise so much of the Welsh coastline were evident in abundance, including Early-purple Orchids, Spring Squill and the native Bluebell.
Later in the year this can be a good site for Grayling butterflies, but Wall Browns and Speckled Woods were on duty this day to mark the special occasion. Of course, it could have been just the fine weather that had coaxed out, but Trust members were left to wonder what more might lie ahead on Wales' magnificent coastline.
Peter Hatherley - Bridgend Local Group