Sunday, 1 January 2012

Pembrokshire for New Year

Great New Year weekend on the Pembrokeshire coast in West Wales. Staying in the wonderful cliff top Pwll Deri youth hostel with friends and family. Incredibly windy and bleak but beautiful stunning scenery and we clambered down to the top of the sea cliffs each day to see the seal pup and its Mum sheltering from the weather below the cliffs. A lone seal could be seen in the surf and it was tempting to imagine that this was Dad but I'm not sure seals live in family groups and was probably another female. In between the banks of sea fog we caught glimpses of other wildlife over the weekend, the most notable of which was a lone lesser spotted woodpecker on a telegraph pole, only about the size of a large sparrow with its distinctive black and white barred back, hopping up and down the pole. Oyster catchers running up and down the tide-line on the beach as we collected large edible crab claws cast off by the fishermen and lying strewn in the seaweed.

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