Mark Hipkin recently found a new population of Round-leaved Wintergreen (Pyrola rotundifolia ssp. maritima) for Neath Port Talbot at the species rich Panasonic site in Sandfields, where this plant was photographed yesterday. Other interesting plants at this site include Brown Sedge (Carex disticha), Pink Water-speedwell (Veronica catenata) and Hoary Ragwort (Senecio erucifolius), which are all uncommon in the county. There’s also a large population of Flattened Meadow-grass (Poa compressa) here plus an interesting maritime mixture of Sea Club-rush (Bolboschoenus maritimus), Lesser Centaury (Centaurium pulchellum) and Sea-milkwort (Glaux maritima). Unfortunately, over the last 12 years the amount of willow scrub and Common Reed (Phragmites australis) on the site has increased greatly and now Sea Buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) is also invading at an alarming rate.
In some ways this site is a mini snapshot of what Baglan Moors must have looked like 100 years ago and deserves to be conserved with appropriate management accordingly.