West Williamston

An egret wading through the water

West Williamston boasts a broad backdrop of salt marsh, mudflats and tidal creeks; it’s a place for wildlife watching and escaping the hustle and bustle.

The promontory lies within the upper reaches of the Eastern Cleddau at the confluence of the Carew and Cresswell rivers. Calm and quiet, the woodland is actually managed as a nature reserve through a lease to the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales.

Bring your binoculars along and start spotting the many creatures that call the site home. The expansive salt marsh and mudflats are wonderful for waterfront views and are a prime place to meet the likes of waders and wildfowl.

Just around the corner, you can see the rocky tidal creeks of former limestone quarries, which date back to the late 18th century. Many were excavated and canalised as loading bays to allow barges to dock, but they’re now slowly becoming salt marsh.

Take a walk into the neighbouring woodland and you’ll be greeted with ash and sycamore. If you’re lucky, you might even glimpse one of Pembrokeshire’s scarcest butterflies, the brown hairstreak. The butterfly is on the wing in August.