The Pembrokeshire coast in spring is a blaze of pink, yellow and white flowers. Chief among these is thrift, also known as sea pink, which you'll find growing along the coast path and in stone walls and hedgebanks. As the weather warms, you'll see butterflies on the search for nectar, and lizards warming themselves in the spring sunshine.
Sea campion grows among the thrift and clings to hedgebanks and clifftops.
The cowslip has become rarer in the countryside, but still does well along the coast.
Look for stonecrop in the natural rock gardens around the cliffs of St David's Head and in walls and hedgebanks by the coast path.
A flying spectacular on St David's Head
Ravens are huge with diamond-shaped tails. Early nesters, listen for their deep croaks.
Another crow, but with red feet and bill. Around 60 pairs nest along the Pembrokeshire coast.
Often disputing airspace with ravens, peregrines are the other kings of the Pembrokeshire cliffs....
While the peregrine hunts flying prey, the kestrel hovers, hunting for beetles and voles below.
Around 39,000 pairs of gannet nest on Grassholm. Watch them dive for mackerel just offshore.
Songbirds of the Pembrokeshire coast
One of the first spring visitors, wheatears are easy to spot as they flash about flicking their white tails...
Stonechats perch on gorse bushes going 'squeak chack chack'. They rear up to three noisy families a year.
A rarity, but now a regular breeding bird on coastal heaths - look for them in the same places as stonechat...
Twittering flocks of linnets are one of the sounds of summer on the coast. They nest in gorse bushes.
Explore the ancient world of the inland commons around St David's, with their special wildlife. These relic landscapes take a while to cast off their winter colours. By the end of May they’ll be bursting with rich greenery. Listen out for the visiting cuckoo in May.
Top five picnic spots for wildlife
- Try crab catching in Porthclais Harbour
- Look for chough at Porthlysgi, on the Treginnis walk
- Spot porpoises in Ramsey Sound from Treginnis's old copper mine
- Look for stonechats and rare beetles on the slopes of Carn Llidi
- Enjoy spring flowers and passing seabirds from St David's Head