Llanelli Naturalists Newsletter - June 1984
Richard Pryce

Leader: Mr. Denys Williams

Eight members assembled at the leader's house on a rather cool but beautifully sunny April afternoon. A Swallow sitting on the telegraph wires was the first that most of the party had seen this year and was observed to be prospecting an old nest in one of the outbuildings.

The walk took the party through pasture land to Emlych Farm and down Cwm Dyfatty. Willow Warblers and Chiffchaffs wore repeatedly heard singing from the willow scrub, having recently arrived from southern climes. The stream was examined for invertebrates and aquatic flora but proved to be disappointing. Near the confluence of Nant Dyfatty with Nant Ferman, Primroses (Primula vulgaris) and Violets (Viola riviniana) were seen in flower and a damp shady area on the roadside supported a population of the small, green-flowered Town-hall Clock or Moschatel (Adoxa moschatellina). In several places on the stream-bank extensive clumps of Opposite-leaved Golden Saxifrage (Chrysosplenium oppositifolium) were seen together with occasional stands of Hemlock Water-Dropwort (Oenanthe crocata).

Continuing to the outskirts of Burry Port, several weeds were observed growing; at the roadside: Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), Red Dead-Nettle (Lamium purpureum), White Stonecrop (Sedum album) and Mind-your-own-business (Solierolia solierolii). The view looking towards Gower provided an opportunity for a rest from the climb up the Graig towards Draenog. A few plants of double-flowered Daisies (Bellis perennis) were observed at the side of the footpath near the farm.

The final leg along Mountain Road to Hillcourt was less exhausting, drivers being conveyed back in the leader's car, which he had strategically parked at Drienog beforehand.

Although rather too early in the season to see the best of the spring flowers, several summer bird migrants had been recorded, and the sunny weather completed a perfect afternoon.