Trip reports

July walk around Bosherston Lily Ponds and Castlemartin

July walk around Bosherston Lily Ponds and Castlemartin
John Roach

Sunday, 23 July 2017

The weather was overcast and cold but dry for the second time that a group walk had been organised in Bosherston lily ponds and Castlemartin in Pembrokeshire. Eight people started the walk from Bosherston that allowed some outstanding views of the valley containing the lily ponds. Moorhen, mallard and mute swan were easily seen but smaller birds were more elusive e.g. reed warbler, robin, blue tit, wren. A common sandpiper brightened up the morning by flying up and down one lake several times as did a cormorant and a black-headed gull. The heathland by Broadhaven beach gave some mistle thrush, pied wagtail and blackbird and the walk back to the car park through tall trees provided a family of goldcrests. After lunch the group moved on to enjoy the spectacular coastal scenery at Castlemartin (see photo of group following family of choughs) where there were some birds (e.g. chough, lesser and greater black-backed gull, guillemot and meadow pipit) and several seals but most of the seabirds that had dominated the stacks had left for the sea. This was an enjoyable walk through lovely scenery with 26 species seen.