Some notable features of the strand line in Port Talbot Harbour include a healthy population of Sea Stock (Matthiola sinuata) and the Lesser Stag Beetle (Dorcus parallelipipedus) with its impressive jaws and six-syllable specific name. Try saying that after a few shandies!
The Lesser Stag Beetle is pretty much at the western edge of it UK distribution in West Glamorgan where it appears to be confined to dune systems. This was one of two found under a large log just above the strand line.
Sea Stock has a very restricted distrbution in the UK. It belongs to the Mediterranean-Atlantic element of our flora and away from West Glamorgan occurs only occurs on a small section of the North Devon coast. The very distinctive furry lobed leaves are persitent in winter making it easy to recognise at any time.