Trip reports

March morning walk from Cwm Ivy to Whitford

March morning walk from Cwm Ivy to Whitford
John Roach

Sunday, 24 March 2019

It was a sunny morning with a breeze, a welcome break from the previous days of overcast, misty weather. From the car park we walked down the tarmac road (see photo) and then through the National Trust pine woods noting common species in the trees (e.g. chiffchaff, wren, rook and long tailed tit) and on the house bird feeders (great/blue tit, house sparrow, chaffinch, etc.). Several brimstone and red admiral butterflies were seen taking advantage of the sunny conditions. We stopped at the Monterey Hide looking over the salt march area to see black headed gulls, a heron and some shelduck in the distance. The group then spied some goldcrest high in the conifers. Breaking out onto the sand dunes there were good views of stonechat, tree pipit, skylark and a possible wheatear. At this point the group decided, due to several reasons, to cut short the walk and return to the car park. It was a good morning walk having seen 27 species.