13 August 2009

Penllergaer hedgerows

Narrow-leaved Ash (Fraxinus angustifolia) was found to be locally frequent in the species-rich hedgerows around Penllergaer. Note the very long terminal leaflet of this poorly recorded non-native species. Native Ash shown for comparison.

12 August 2009

Cory's Shearwater

This was the first Cory's Shearwater to be seen in West Glamorgan since 28 July 1990 when one was seen off Port Eynon Point. Sadly the bird was picked up exhausted from Swansea Docks Ind. Est. and although given excellent care at the Gower Bird Hospital it failed to make the grade.

08 August 2009

Ivy-leaved Bellflower

Ivy-leaved Bellflower (Wahlenbergia hederacea) was found to be locally frequent in the remnants of flushed, sheep-grazed pasture in Cwmdulais (SN618036). Much of this valley now being cloaked by Rhododendron.

Garden Fox

This garden Fox and his sibling were both habituated to hand feeding at a site near Pontarddulais .

Small Flowered Catchfly

20 plants of Small Flowered Catchfly (Silene gallica) were noted at Blackpill, this being the first record here for over 20 years.

01 August 2009

Goose Barnacles

Strandings of Goose Barnacles (Lepas anatifera) included this spectacular log photographed by David Painter in Oxwich Bay.