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Rhossili sunflowers being stolen by vandals

Credit: ITV Wales/Pete Thomas

The sea of stunning sunflowers has returned to Rhossili Bay in Gower but there have been reports of some being taken.

The National Trust said it is an issue at the moment, which can have serious consequences for wildlife.

Whilst people might think that picking one or two won’t make much difference, if the hundreds of visitors who come each day did the same, we’d not only lose the blanket of sunflowers which so many people want to come and see, there’d be no crop left for the birds and bees or to harvest to produce the wild bird seed mix.

– National Trust spokesperson
Vandals have been breaking the sunflower stems. Credit: Pete Thomas

Four rangers and 80 National Trust volunteers have spent the past two years creating 2,000 metres worth of new banks and hedges in the area.

One ranger said this year they have seen a bumble bee on nearly every sunflower head but breaking or stealing sunflowers could have a negative consequences for bees.