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Banc y Lord, Cydweli - SN406057

Interest:Raptors, Waders and Passerines
When:Passage and winter
Access:Off A484, Llanelli - Carmarthen road. Heading West towards Cydweli turn right on to narrow road about 600yds from the roundabout and Cydweli bypass. After parking cross to South side of main road and take narrow path to railway line. There is parking space only for one or two cars where minor road starts

Review:Banc y Lord is an old sea defence. The embankment extends West across the entire southern edge of Cydweli Marsh. Tides over 8 meters flood the marsh and drive waders and other birds towards the bank. There is also a pond near the railway line which is attractive to waders when water levels are low. Good views over the Marsh are possible from the bank. Morning is better than evening on sunny days. The upper marsh is extensively grazed, the lower marsh difficult to access.

Raptors patrol Cydweli Marsh in winter with Peregrines being regular and Hen Harrier and Merlin also possibilities

Autumn passage is best for waders (Greenshanks, Spotted Redshanks, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff and Black-tailed Godwits may all be seen at this tune. Wood Sandpipers have been recorded in both spring and autumn, but are not annual. Green Sandpipers often overwinter, Commissioner’s Bridge being a favoured site.

Kingfishers occur from late summer through to spring. White and Yellow Wagtails and Water Pipits occur on passage.

Notes:

The tide comes in very quickly and care must be taken to avoid being cut off Do not trespass on the railway line

Scarce:Banc y Lord is an old sea defence. The embankment extends West across the entire southern edge of Cydweli Marsh. Tides over 8 meters flood the marsh and drive waders and other birds towards the bank. There is also a pond near the railway line which is attractive to waders when water levels are low. Good views over the Marsh are possible from the bank. Morning is better than evening on sunny days. The upper marsh is extensively grazed, the lower marsh difficult to access.

Raptors patrol Cydweli Marsh in winter with Peregrines being regular and Hen Harrier and Merlin also possibilities

Autumn passage is best for waders (Greenshanks, Spotted Redshanks, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Ruff and Black-tailed Godwits may all be seen at this tune. Wood Sandpipers have been recorded in both spring and autumn, but are not annual. Green Sandpipers often overwinter, Commissioner’s Bridge being a favoured site.

Kingfishers occur from late summer through to spring. White and Yellow Wagtails and Water Pipits occur on passage.

Notes:

The tide comes in very quickly and care must be taken to avoid being cut off Do not trespass on the railway line

Source:Carmarthenshire Birds 1992 (CORC 1993)