|Broadwater on a grey and misty day|
We started off from Llech Llwyd, where Elwyn Roberts, the farmer, had let us park, and walked down across sheep-grazed, improved pasture to a boggy area near the shore of the curious Broadwater, the almost land-locked estuary of the River Dysynni. There were so many brackish-loving plants to be seen but without flowers so that even with the indispensible 'Poland' to aid identification, we soon felt we could use our time better and decided to go on to the quarry.
Walking along the lane it seemed we had moved on in time with the hedgebanks full of the first Stitchwort, Stellaria holostea, the first Dog Violets, Viola riviniana and the hillsides ablaze with early-flowering Gorse, Ulex europaeus.
|Viola riviniana - Spring is on the way!|
|Arum maculatum already in flower|
|Smiling in spite of the weather!|
Some people were almost ready to give up by then but the tougher souls said that we should try the other dolerite outcrop at Foel Fendigaid a couple of miles further north where we found more interest in a small flush and further on a grassy hillside which posed us a couple of challenges.
|A Minotaur beetle, with its prominent thoracic 'horns'|
I have passed the burrow exits of the Minotaur Beetle Typhaeus typhaeus so many times without connecting them with this fellow. He lives on rabbit and sheep dung, but lets the female do most of the work of excavating shafts underground where the eggs are laid.