Llandudno Pier

A misty day on the beach at Llanudno, but we can still see the pier dating from the late 1800s stretching out across the sea. The pier is the longest in Wales, being 700m (2,295ft) long. Beyond the Grand Hotel where Winston Churchill once stayed, is a glimpse of the Great Orme. © Peter Hillman… Read More Llandudno Pier

View of The Great Orme

I took this photo of the ‘Sea Serpent’ which the Vikings most likely saw it as from their longships as they approached, and where todays name originates from, as I stood on Llandudno Pier. © Peter Hillman ♦ 18th April 2011 ♦ Llandudno, Wales ♦ Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38

Gull And The Sun

Sounds like the name of a seaside pub, I know. As the sun lowers in the sky a lone gull appears to be preparing for it settled on the sea wall. © Peter Hillman ♦ 21st April 2011 ♦ West Shore Beach, Llandudno, Wales ♦ Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38

A View Through The Dunes

Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. Albert Einstein Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38Date taken: 19th April 2011Place: West Shore Beach, Llandudno, Wales

Our Star

The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction. Rachel Carson 1952 No photo filters or effects here … this is a genuine pink sunset. Copyright: Peter HillmanCamera used: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ38Date taken: 19th April 2011Place: West Shore… Read More Our Star


Oenanthe oenanthe I have admire this little bird for its resilience as it survives the wilds of this prominent headland’s rugged terrain. I think these are all males with their Zorro masks on and their orange buff breasts. It winters in central Africa, and then migrates here for the summer where they breed, mainly in… Read More Wheatear

Welsh Rabbit

No, not cheese on toast, but a bunny from Llandudno with a beautiful seaview home who was just so chilled out on his front porch he didn’t want to move even though I was but a stone’s throw away snapping my camera and saying how cute he was. Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), Great Orme, Llandudno, Wales.… Read More Welsh Rabbit

Herb Robert

Geranium robertianum The small flowers of Herb Robert have five rounded pink petals, which fade to white towards the centre. They have two reddish stripes along their length and bright orange anthers. The hairy, scented leaves are deeply palmately divided. The hairy fruit bears a very long beak. It flowers May to September, and it… Read More Herb Robert

Two Gapers

I have shown the two gaper shells on one post to illustrate how different they are, beginning with the Sand Gaper above. Sand Gaper (Mya arenaria) A large and robust bivalve, the shell is oval in shape, the anterior end rounded, the posterior end more pointed.  It has concentric ridges and is off-white, grey or… Read More Two Gapers

Baltic Tellin

Macoma balthica The shell is a rounded-oval, although the posterior more angled. The colour is variable from pink to purple, yellow and white. Width 25mm. It is found on the lower shore in muddy sand, and also in estuaries. Common and widespread. Photographs taken June 2012, Llandudno, Wales. Camera Nikon Coolpix P500. © Pete Hillman… Read More Baltic Tellin

Peppery Furrow

Scrobicularia plana The shell has numerous fine, concentric rings and grooves. It is dirty white, yellowish or greyish in colour, and is flat, thin and delicate in form. Length 6.5cm. It is found in sheltered, brackish habitats, like estuaries and muddy shores where it burrows up to 20cm, leaving behind a star-shaped tell-tale impression on… Read More Peppery Furrow

Bean Solen

Pharus legumen The shell is elongate, thin and brittle. There are numerous fine concentric lines, with a group of fine radiating striae. It is white or light brown, light olive or yellow. The hinge and ligament is positioned about a third of the way along the length of the mollusc. Length up to 130mm. It… Read More Bean Solen


Leymus arenarius This is a dense growing, blue-green grass with broad leaves and tall flower spikes. The spikes consist of many overlapping, flattened spikelets. Perennial. Plant height 1.5m. Flower size 35cm long. Flowers July to August. Found on the coast in sand dunes and upper beaches. It is a primary sand dune builder. Common and… Read More Lyme-grass


Haematopus ostralegus This is one of the larger waders, and certainly one of the most distinctive with its black and white body, dazzling red-eye and long, vivid orange-red bill. It has short, pale pink legs, and long and  broad white wingbars with a white ‘V’ on its back can be seen when in flight. In… Read More Oystercatcher

Black Shields

Tephromela atra Also called ‘Black-eyed Lichen’, it is a crustose, warty lichen, pale grey in colour with distinctive disc-like black fruiting bodies, each with a raised, pale grey rim. Thallus 10cm in diameter. Fruiting body 3mm wide. Found well-lit coastal rocks in the splash zone, on seabird perches  such as cliffs, and stone walls inland.… Read More Black Shields

Purple Laver

Porphyra umbilicalis Greenish in colour when young, but becoming purple-red as it matures, and is very resistant to drying out and the action of the waves. It forms thin, delicate sheets which cling to rocks and has a polythene-like texture. Width 20cm. Found attached to rocks in sandy habitats. Abundant and widespread on rocky shores… Read More Purple Laver

Egg Wrack

Ascophyllum nodosum Also called ‘Knotted Wrack’, this is a yellowish to olive-green seaweed, which has long, narrow chain-like fronds with gas-filled bladders. This is a slow-growing seaweed which has no mid-rib. Height 0.5 to 2m. Found on rocky shores, often on the mid-shore, preferring sheltered conditions, extending into estuaries and usually attached to rocks. It… Read More Egg Wrack


Ulva intestinalis This aptly named bright grass green seaweed forms an inflated, tube-like frond which resembles an intestine. Length up to 80cm. Found attached to rocks and stones on sandy or muddy shores, in sheltered estuaries and rock pools on the upper shore. A common and widespread species. Photographs taken April 2013, Llandudno, Wales, and… Read More Gutweed

Dog Whelk

Nucella lapillus The Dog Whelk’s shell is variable in colour, from white to dark brown, yellow or banded. Thick-shelled, it is broadly conical bearing spiral ridges with a short spire. Shell height 3 to 5cm. It is a fierce predator of mussels, barnacles and other molluscs. It bores a hole into the prey’s shell using… Read More Dog Whelk