THE BOUNDARY BETWEEN Glamorgan and Carmarthenshire follows the sinuous main channel of the Loughor Estuary. Over half a mile at its widest point, the estuary narrows at Loughor Bridge, an ancient crossing formerly guarded by the now ruinous castle. This is still worth a visit and looks an ideal residence for a wintering Black Redstart. Although over shadowed by the
1KEY SITES The low-water channel is some distance away so carefully check the tide-tables and arrive shortly after high-water. You may see Jack Snipe or encounter a wintering Hen Harrier at the upstream saltings.
2A pleasant walk along a section of the eastern shore with the low-water channel hard by. There are always gulls needing their identity carefully checked. As the autumn proceeds Shelduck numbers will increase. Burry Inlet, its larger and more important neighbour into which it merges after turning westwards below the bridge, the Loughor is always worthy of attention. Indeed as these words were written in mid-may, a Gullbilled Tern found Welsh hospitality much to its liking, remaining for several days on the Loughor after spending just a few hours at Praa Sands, Cornwall. Other scarce visitors are always possible for the diligent observer and have included Great White Egret and, on one occasion, a Long-tailed Skua, which was seen even this far from the open sea. As always, use of a telescope will be an advantage especially when scrutinising gull flocks which are always worthy of attention.
3Another good vantage point on the Glamorgan shore, again the low-water channel is almost at one’s feet but for a change from Little Egrets, Curlew and other estuary birds include a visit to the nearby castle ruins, especially in autumn and winter to look for a Black Redstart.
Excellent for passage and wintering waders and wildfowl so a real taste of the Burry Inlet riches, while terns reach this far from the open coast.
4Make sure you check the tide tables: arrive soon after high water and be patient