The recent bank holiday weekend was a chance to go back "home" and of course to visit the beach.
More to my taste was fossil hunting in the boulders on the shore. The cliffs themselves are dangerously unstable and although full of tempting caves I was forbidden to go anywhere near them.
Llantwit Major beach is world famous for its limestone pavements.
Although mostly rocky, there are a few patches of sand, especially on the lower reaches of the beach.
This is the home of the Honeycomb worm (Sabellaria alveolata) . A strange worm that builds a tube home out of mucus and sand particles. Being gregarious in nature these build up into fragile reefs which are easily crushed underfoot.
However the Honeycomb worm doesn't have the sand to itself. The occasional visitor had been seen to paddle across from Somerset in a coracle.
Rather him than me - it was bitingly cold!