Behind the dunes…the flowers bloom

Walking along Penrhos Beach, the tall cliff of sand on your landward side gives no clue to the beautiful flowers that are blooming behind it.

At first glance, as you climb (or stagger) over the sand dune there seems to be a carpet of yellow flowers. Mainly this is made up of vetches, trefoils and bedstraws, with some beautiful acid yellow stonecrops too.

The first impression is of a carpet of yellow

The first impression is of a carpet of yellow…

Bedstraw flowers

…yellow bedstraw flowers…

Stonecrop flowers

Stonecrop flowers

But amongst all the yellows, there are lots of other colours including the pinky purples of orchids, wild liquorice (restharrow) and wild thyme.

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One of the many orchids behind the dune cliff

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Dotted amongst the yellow flowers there are several different orchids

The pink and white flowers of restharrow creep close to the ground

The pink and white flowers of restharrow creep close to the ground

Patches of wild thyme form little mats, their flowers hardly bigger than pin heads

Patches of wild thyme form little mats, their flowers hardly bigger than pin heads

The flower heads of the grasses are beautiful too, like this little sand cats tail

The flower heads of the grasses are beautiful too, like this little sand cats tail

And these beautiful pinky orange seed heads on a tiny little grass - possibly a dune fescue

And these beautiful pinky orange seed heads on a tiny little grass – possibly a dune fescue

It’s a bit of a shame when you come to the end of a beautiful walk through these flowers and arrive at one of the areas that were “improved” over the winter and spring…:(

One of the cleared areas on the edge of the dunes

One of the cleared areas on the edge of the dunes

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3 thoughts on “Behind the dunes…the flowers bloom

  1. dafydd

    Yes, what a top wildlife site, a real jewel! I wouldn’t be too worried about the managed areas. Much better now without those dead trees and the area will recover in a short time and be better than ever I have been told.

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