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'Horrific' scene of dead sharks beached at Gower

A marine biologist says the scene of over 70 shark-type fish washed up on a Gower beach was horrific.

The animals were washed up at Pwll Du Bay Credit: Judith Oakley

Judith Oakley says she wandered around remote Pwll Du Bay in disbelief, "There were dead small sharks strewn across the strandline, sand and amongst the rocks. I counted 55 and have never seen such a terrible image on a Gower shore, and such a tragic death for these incredible animals."

Judith says the animals were all in good condition before they died. Credit: Judith Oakley

The Swansea Evening Post says strollers near Bishopston were confronted with the scene on Saturday morning. One person said some were more than 2ft long.

The paper says a spokeswoman for the Welsh Government said it was not "not the first time there has been a mass stranding of this type (of fish) on Gower."


Dog rescued on the Gower after falling down cliffs

The dog was unharmed and was later returned to its owner. Credit: RNLI

A dog was rescued by the RNLI yesterday after it had fallen from the cliffs and into the water at Mewslade Bay on the Gower.

Crews were alerted to the incident at around 6:30pm yesterday evening after they could see the dog swimming in the water, unable to climb back up onto the cliffs.

A lifeboat had to be launched and one crew member was put ashore to rescue the dog, whose owner was standing at the top of the cliffs.

The dog was not harmed in the incident and was later reunited with its owner who was very emotional and extremely grateful to the crew for saving his pet.

Catch-up: Coast & Country Episode 1

In this episode:

Andrew is at the Gower Heritage Centre making cider the old fashioned way. He’ll also be telling us what makes the area so special to him.

Ruth’s also on Gower as she begins her journey of the Wales Coast Path.

She walks from Mewslade to Rhossili, a circular route of about 3 miles.

For more information about the route itself or for public transport and parking click here.

Remember to check the weather before you set off, stay away from cliff edges, and make sure you supervise children and dogs. There's more helpful tips and advice on The Countryside Code website.

Nicky is trying out the zip line at Zipworld in Gwynedd. Tickets start at £50 for adults and £15 for children. If you're not in the North, you can find other Zip Wires and similar outdoor activities on the Visit Wales website.

Carl is at Denbigh Castle with the first instalment of the History Chef.

If you want to have a go at the recipe you'll need:

1 large sewin or sea trout

1 bunch of fresh dill

A pinch of salt

A handful of blackberries

Chestnuts & hazelnuts

Cooking time is approximately 10 minutes.

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£1.3m Lottery grant to protect the Gower Peninsula

Rhossili - On the southwestern tip of the Gower Peninsula Credit: Heritage lottery fund

Over £1.3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund will help ensure the Gower Peninsula remains an area of outstanding beauty.

The money will pay for a programme of activities to protect the area that is currently at risk from pressures created by tourism.

Famous for its limestone cliffs, secluded bays, sand dunes and saltwater marshes, the Gower is visited by thousands of people every year.

The Gower is home to historic sites such as the Upper Palaeolithic caves, a Bronze Age funerary and Iron Age hill forts. Swansea council will work with organisations including the National Trust and the Wildlife Trust to conserve these sites.

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