Trip reports

April walk to Penllergaer Valley Woods

April walk to Penllergaer Valley Woods
John Roach

Sunday, 13 April 2014

It was a fine, sunny day for this year's walk in Penllergaer Valley Woods. Fifteen people started the walk from the new car park along the eastern top of the valley, down to the Lake and then back along the carriageway drive. Some outstanding views of the valley with the new Llewelyn Bridge and Hydro-Electric scheme could be seen from the eastern side. A female mallard with a family of seven ducklings were seen tumbling down the waterfall. Many common woodland birds (e.g. robin, blue tit, great tit, carrion crow, magpie, coal tit, chaffinch, etc) were spotted but some others proved very elusive in the high branches of the trees. However the group had some good views of goldcrest and siskin (see attached photo). The group descended into the valley where few birds were seen. After crossing the river (and seeing the mallard family again) the group stopped at the Great Lake where little grebe and a few moorhen were seen along with a Red Kite in the distance. On the carriageway path back to the car park a fine view of green woodpecker was seen. At the cafe it was determined that thirty-three species of birds were seen during the morning and all agreed that it had been a very pleasant walk in a very pretty part of Swansea.