We think of dunes as dry places so it is surprising to see so much moss growing on the flanks of the mounds at Llangennith. I usually associate mosses with damp places. But they also characterise undisturbed ground surfaces of many types both natural and man-made. I do not remember seeing it there three or four years ago. I wonder if this is a result of lower footfall in the dunes over the last couple of years due to fewer visitors from the Covid pandemic travel restrictions?
There were numerous tall dry stems from one of last year’s flowering plants still standing on the moss. They were quite woody and had the empty seed capsules still attached. I am not sure what they are but my best guess at the moment is Viper’s Bugloss. Does anyone else know what they are?
This is the fourth in a series following my steps on a short stroll from Hillend along the shore at Rhossili, returning via Diles Lake and the marsh side of the dunes.