lotus_hispidus_300.jpgLike most rural areas, Pendower has a rich abundance of flora and fauna, but here we'll concentrate on a few of the examples English Nature included in its citation of the area as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Among the locally rare plant species found in the dune area behind the beach is Lotus hispidus, commonly known as the Hairy Bird's-foot Trefoil. A slightly ugly name for a pretty flower!

Bromus_ferronii_300.jpgtrifolium_subterraneum_300.jpgIn the same dune habitat is Trefolium subterraneum or Subterranean Clover shown on the left, and Bromus ferronii or Least Soft Brome on the right.

Stonechat_300.jpgWhen you're walking from the car parks, or on the coast path in Spring and Summer, you're very likely to hear a loud "chack" "chack", like two pebbles being struck together.

Look on top of the fences or  tall shrubs and you should see a handsome little bird, about the size of a Robin, scolding you for coming too close to his territory.

This is the Stonechat, and like most bird species, the female is much duller and lacks the distinctive black head.

Rock_pipit_300.jpgThe Rock Pipit is most likely to be seen hopping and running among the rocky outcrops along the shoreline as it forages for small shellfish like periwinkles, or sand hoppers and other insects.

Its nest site is probably not far away as it favours rock crevices close to sea level.

There are a wide variety of sea birds in the vicinity and Gull Rock, offshore from Nare Head, supports large breeding colonies of Guillemots, Kittiwakes and Shags among others.

Designations300.jpgClick on the image for a full sized map illustrating the special designations and features of conservation interest in the proximity of Pendower, provided by ERCCIS.

You will find a  summary list of all the forms of wildlife which may be found in the area, together with details of how you can contribute to the knowledge base, at our Species page.