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Kenfig NNR – 13th June 2009

The annual coach outing on Saturday 13th June was to Kenfig National Nature Reserve near Swansea. The reserve is covered by a large dune system which stretches down to a long sandy beach. There were sheets of dark red Early Marsh Orchids (Dactylorhiza incarnata ssp cocchinea) and purple Southern Marsh Orchids in the hollows between the dunes. A Small Blue butterfly was spotted on a flower head of Kidney Vetch. Most of the party enjoyed a picnic on top of a sand dune, while the remainder returned to the Prince of Wales for lunch, where they were treated to a brief history of Kenfig by the landlord. In the afternoon, both groups walked down to the beach. A single plant of Maiden Pink was found beside the path. Unusual plants close to the sea included Sea Stock, the pink and white striped Sea Bindweed and Sea Holly.