Ever since its growth as a seaside resort in the 19th century, the town of Porthcawl in South Wales has been a popular visitor attraction. But its natural heritage is less well-known, and in this book, Porthcawl resident Greg Nuttgens highlights some special areas within a short walk of the town that are host to a variety of unusual and interesting plants and animals. On this journey, he looks at the region's geological history, and how it has influenced the landscapes around Porthcawl today -from windswept sand dunes and rocky shorelines, to shady lanes and urban parkland. In all these places, he describes the plants, birds and insects, as well as seashore wildlife including crabs, molluscs and seaweeds.
Illustrated with over 220 colour photos, Porthcawl Naturally is a readable and enjoyable introduction to the wildlife of this coastal town, and should appeal to local resident and visitor alike.
Local naturalist Greg Nuttgens has had a varied career in conservation and outdoor education, working as a countryside ranger, footpaths officer, outdoor pursuits instructor, field studies teacher, organic farmer, and agricultural wildlife advisor. Now retired, he spends his time walking in the local area, growing vegetables and keeping bees.