The Gower peninsula in south Wales is a superb area to visit for it's wildlife. It is particularly well known for it's rich flora. The limestone cliffs of south Gower is superb for the wild flower that include some National rarities. The rock pools and sand dune areas also contain a wealth of wildlife.   

             

THIS IS A SELECTION OF MY WILDLIFE PICTURES TAKEN ON THE GOWER PININSULAR.

A few insects of Gower, below the rare Southern Damselfly that occurs there in the runnels in the central area.

 

Above Britain's largest Dragonfly, the Gold-ringed was photographed within a few yards of the small and dainty Southern Damselfly.

 

 

Above is a Marsh Fritillary that I photographed on Gower, and is one of Britain's rarer butterflies. Below two Strandline Beetles, a rare species restricted in Britain to a handful of sites around the Bristol Channel. These were found under driftwood on the shore.

Above and below the Tiger Beetle Cicindela hybrida that is ver local in Britain, and occurs in some dune areas. This one was hunting on the shore / dune edge of the Whiteford Sands NR.

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Below are some Rock Pool wildlife taken at low tide in and around the pools.

Above Dog Welks and eggs, and below a Brittle Starfish.

Above Common Starfish and below an Edible Crab.

Above a Velvet Swimming Crab and below a Spiny Spider Crab.

The Beadlet Anemoney (above) is common in the pools, as it the Snakes-lock Anemoney below.

Banded Wedge shells are sometimes common on the sandy shores (above).

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Below are some of my pictures of the FLORA of Gower.

 

Golden Samphire.

 

Thrift on the Worms Head.

 

Above Common Rockrose, and below the rare Hoary Rockrose.

 

Slender Thistle Thistle with the Worms Head in the background.

 

Above Rock-sea Lavender.

 

Above Scarlet Pimpernell on burnt area, with Worms Head in background, and below the two colour forms founf there.

 

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The below flowers I photographed on the SAND DUNE areas, mostly Oxwich Bay NR and Whiteford Sands NR.

Above Sea Bindweed and below the dune subspecies of the wild Pansy ssp. curtisii.

 

Bloody Cranesbill on the Oxwich Bay dunesa NR.

Sea Spurge (above) growing on a sand dune.

 

The red coccinia form of the Early Marsh Orchid (above) occurs in some dune slacks on Gower, and the Southern Marsh Orchids (below) is also frequent in the dunes of Oxwick bay NR.

 

Above the Fen Orchid that used to occur in several dune slacks on Gower is now considered extinct there. In the 1980's when I photographed the one above there were several colonies.

Below are some Pyramidal Orchids that are common in some dune areas.