The Gann

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The Gann

The Gann

The Gann is one of Pembrokeshire's best birdwatching sites, as well as exploring the countryside and coast to the west of the village of St Ishmaels. The long shingle ridge known as The Pickleridge and the pools beside it are an unusual habitat for wildlife, fed throughout the year by freshwater streams but also flooded by the sea during higher tides. The route skirts the huge deposit of sand and gravel which built up at the southern edge of the Irish Sea ice sheet about 17,000 years ago. The flooded pools that attract ducks and geese are not natural features; they were created when building material was needed for World War Two RAF sites on the Dale peninsula and at Talbenny. Wading birds and wildfowl are also attracted to the rich feeding grounds in the Gann itself and to the little estuary's saltmarsh. During the summer, shelduck, oystercatchers, snipe, redshank and greenshank are often seen and in autumn whimbrel and hundreds of migrant finches and pipits visit the area. Winter bird highlights include the large group of several hundred curlew that roost on the Gann. Throughout the year look out for a relative newcomer to the Pembrokeshire coast, the little egret. The bird looks like a small heron, with long legs and dagger-like bill but with brilliant white plumage. The route also takes in the little bay of Monk Haven, which gets its name from an early Christian monastery that is thought to have been close by. The haven used to be a landing point for pilgrims travelling to St Davids.

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