Raptors

unusual photo of a buzzard on the ground

Birds of Prey in Pembrokeshire

The word raptor comes from a Latin word, rapere, meaning “to seize, snatch, tear away; to plunder a place”. It is a general term used to cover all birds of prey.

The wild open skies and the unspoilt lands below provide an ideal habitat for birds of prey and it is a common sight to see them soaring and swooping above us. On any road trip along the lanes and byways of our county you will spot buzzards on the telegraph poles and gateposts and, away from the roads, kestrel can often be spotted along fields and woodland edges. Yet more spectacular and awe-inspiring is to spot a red kite high above you and to marvel at its grace and beauty.
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A Boat trip to remember – Falcon Boats.

Ffion Rees Falcon Boats Pembrokeshire feature

Exploring Pembrokeshire’s coastline by boat is a “must do”.

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Holidaymakers and locals can experience the wonderful offshore marine life and scenery from a variety of boat trip companies and this can be the highlight of many trips to the county.

Bouncing across the waves in a rigid inflatable boat, or RIB, is exhilarating, while gentling cruising around the cliffs and investigating the coves and caves is a magical experience. You can be so close to the seabirds and seals or porpoises while gaining a new insight into the fantastic coastal scenery and the vital importance of the wild unspoilt and protected waters.

Pembrokeshire Culture Club, a local Meetup group, were lucky to take a trip from St. Justinian’s with Falcon Boats around Ramsey Island

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Pebbles in the Sand – Artist Sue Powell

Wet Felted Art by Sue Powell - Curlew
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Coastal, Felt and Driftwood Artist – Designs inspired by the sea

Over six months ago I spent a busy day at the Christmas Fair in Pembroke Castle and met many varied and talented stallholders (this is a great annual event and I would suggest putting it in your diary now!) One particular stall drew me back several times and I was captivated by the work of Sue Powell – she manages to somehow to really capture the natural beauty, colours and wildness of the West Wales coast. After chatting with Sue, we agreed to keep in touch and to arrange an interview in the summer.

We joined Sue at her home, and spent an enjoyable afternoon watching her at work and finding out more about her life as an artist in West Wales. When I had first seen her pictures at the Pembroke Castle event, I had not realised they are from felted wool and also had no idea of the labour-intensive work and skill that goes into each unique felted picture and her driftwood art.

Artist Sue Powell - Felting and Driftwood Art
Artist Sue Powell

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New to our Shop!

Rachel Mullett - Pembrokeshire Moments

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In collaboration with Pembrokeshire Moments we’re delighted to bring you Rachel Mullet’s exclusive, high quality Pembrokeshire photographic gifts.

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Walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path.

Feature image Freshwater West by Nigel J. Bevans

Featured image – Through the dunes at Freshwater West.

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It is midwinter in Wales and I’m standing on a deserted beach – and I’m completely naked and letting the warm December sun dry me off. Because I’ve just been swimming in the sea (which on a bright day like this doesn’t feel anywhere near as cold as you might fear) and because I neglected to bring a towel with me.

I should hasten to add that there is no one else on the sands at Porthmynawyd Bay, and in fact no one else probably for a mile or so in either direction along the coast. That’s why I couldn’t resist discarding my clothes for a quick impromptu dip…

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