Heritage and Wildlife
Ogmore has a strange geological story to tell, the cliffs and rock formations date back from the carboniferous period (290 – 360 million years ago) to the Jurassic period (145m – 208m years ago), but with about 140 million years missing in the middle! If you look along the cliffs, you will notice a dramatic change in the textures of the rocks between the layers; really cool if you know what you’re looking at!
The River Ogmore, which joins the sea here, attracts a wealth of wildlife throughout the year. Salmon and sea trout run up river, as do mullet, flounder and bass in the lower tidal reaches. A wide variety of bird life can be seen here including winter visitors such as golden eye ducks and lapwings.
The Merthyr Mawr sand dunes, across the River Ogmore, are some of the largest in Europe and are home to a number of important plant life and insect species – over a third of all plant and insect life found in Wales can be found in the dunes! To reach them by foot from Ogmore by Sea, you will need to walk up to Ogmore Castle, cross the stepping stones, and return walking along the river side.