N.B. There is so much to see in the vicinity of the clubhouse I might never finish this page, so I have decided to make a start and add to it as we go, please let me know if you have any interesting sightings and we can add them here.
Where the River Artro joins the sea, we are lucky enough to have the wide and constantly changing Mochras lagoon as home for LPYC.
We call it home but it is also home for the wildlife that is either resident here, or like many of our members visits at different times throughout the year. We have a responsibility to protect this special place so it can be enjoyed by all of us for years to come, and this section of the website aims to be a small guide to the some of the species of plants, birds and animals you are likely to encounter throughout the year.
The whole of the bay and beyond are designated a Special Area of Conservation. Find out more by following this link.
A Plea for the Nesting Ringed Plovers!
On the beach we are lucky enough to have Ringed Plovers which attempt to nest each year, with varying degrees of success. Unfortunately nesting Ringed Plovers cannot tolerate sustained and repeated disturbance at the nest and if this happens then sooner or later, they will desert their eggs. The impacts on nesting birds includes trampling and disturbance by people (walkers and beach-goers) and disturbance and destruction by dogs.
Please do respect the seasonal restrictions to dogs on the beach which are there to try and protect these lovely birds.
I am happy to meet up with anyone who would like to learn how to spot nesting activity and identify birds protecting chicks. Email me if you would like to meet up for a quick “guide to Ringed Plover preservation” 😊 my email is : firstname.lastname@example.org
As soon as the weather warms up, so do the birds, getting ready to pair up, claim and defend territories and begin nesting. Skylarks, Meadow Pipit and Stonechat are very visible on the Maes, along with loads of House Sparrows. If you look along the edge of the river and along the ditches we regularly see a Kingfisher like a blue dart patrolling the edge. If you think you have seen one, it is well worth waiting for a while as they often have a “route” which they repeat a number of times