Cwtch Farm offers some fantastic wildlife right on the doorstep but if you are interested in travelling a few miles to the beautiful Gower coast you will not be disappointed by the amazing marine life you can find there.
The Gower Peninsula became the first area in the UK to be designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty back in 1956 and is home to some of the best beaches in the world. You can see an amazing variety of marine life from small anemones, and crabs to the resident sunbathing seals and the harbour dolphins.
Here’s where to go and what to look out for:
Bracelet Bay – This is a small bay on the south of the Gower Peninsula, it is home to a rocky shoreline which means there are some fantastic rock pools here with an abundance of small sea life to be found. So, if you fancy a bit of rock pooling grab your buckets and nets and get down there. This beach is loved by both children and dogs alike, although please be aware that there is a seasonal doggy ban in place here from May through to September.
You may also be lucky enough to see some seals or even the occasional dolphin here from the cliffs above the bay.
Rhossili Bay – Has been voted Wales’ best beach 2018 and 3rd in the UK in the TripAdvisor Choice Awards. It has also been in the top 10 for the last 6 years – it is an amazing bay with views that are simply breath taking! And there is more, Rhossili Bay is home to one of Gower’s most famous landmarks, Worms Head which is home to some amazing wildlife. The resident seal population love to bask in the warm sun on the rocks here. They are very difficult to get close to on foot as you would expect but if you want a real close up view of them it is worth hopping aboard one of the boat trips that run around the Gower and get that up close and personal experience from the sea!
Worm’s Head is also home to some amazing seabirds from razorbills and guillemots who are part of the penguin family. You may see these birds flapping their wings frantically trying to stay airborne.
If you decide to trek over to Worms Head, please take note of the tide times as it is super easy to get caught up.
Oxwich Bay – This beach is a long sandy stretch and it is dog friendly all year round. Although there is not much marine life to see on shore once you get out on to the open water you may be lucky enough to see one of the harbour porpoise which is the smallest member of the whale and dolphin family. These shy creatures live in UK waters all year round and are often seen on the local boat trips. Many of these boat trips help with the recording of sightings of this endangered species on our coast. If you are very lucky the common dolphins may also show up. They are not so shy and often bow-ride and tail slap with the boats.
Gower is home to some of the most amazing coastline and is home to a huge variety of marine life as well as seabirds. You will be spoilt for choice and encounter some amazing animals on your travels around The Gower Coast!
If you are a whale and dolphin lover like we are here at Cwtch Farm then check out this amazing Handbook of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises put together by the fantastic Mark Carwadine. It details all the different species across the globe and we absolutely love it!!! If this has wet your appetite for our marine life then why not book a stay with us to have some fantastic days out on an by the sea!