I have often read about the lush green fields and hills of Wales and seen pictures of this lush countryside filled with grazing sheep and green forests. Getting to walk through one of the beautiful Nature Reserves found across Wales was definitely a highlight of my Wales Adventure.
My very good friend Yvonne who lives in Anglesey, Wales took me for a walk through the Newborough forest and to the Western coast of Anglesey.
Anglesey or Ynys Môn is an island off the north west coast of Wales. Anglesey is the largest Welsh island, the fifth largest surrounding Great Britain and the largest in the Irish Sea.
The Newborough Warren (Ynys Llanddwyn), National Nature Reserve is one of the largest dune lands in Europe. This reserve comprises a large expanse of dunes, a tidal island, salt marsh, mudflats and a huge freshwater lake.
Part of this dune system is forested and it is here that we started our walk. There is a good network of footpaths and tracks to follow which made this a very enjoyable hike.
The growth and spread of Marram Grass was the main stabilising element in the dunes. We walked through the Marram Grass fields having loads of fun capturing some of the many colourful butterflies and caterpillars on film. I had a butterfly actually land on my hand and Yvonne quickly snapped a photo but it flew away before we could get a close-up of it.
The reserve is home to many birds as well as butterflies and other insects in spring and early summer, when walks at Newborough Warren are accompanied by the lovely song of the Skylarks that nest there in considerable numbers. I was also quite excited about finding tiny little frogs jumping around in the lush green grass. I am very fond of frogs and had a great time catching some of these tiny creatures to have a closer look at them.
Our hike through the lush green forest lead us all the way to the Anglesey coast and the beach of Newborough. It was a lovely clear day but there was a chill in the air with occasional showers so the beach was quite deserted for this time of the year.
We ended our Welsh countryside walk in the village of Newborough from where we got a bus back to Anglesey.