Eurynebria complanata

11th June 2016 , we visited Whiteford sands on the Gower peninsula south Wales in the hope of seeing the rare Beachcomber Beetle Eurynebria complanata .

Previous visits had only turned up a handful of this species , so we were astonished to see around 150 along the beach surveyed , all were living under lumps of driftwood , often in groups of 30 plus specimens .

However , the site has degraded since our last visit , much of the driftwood has ended up on beach fires , and the beach was covered in the tyre tracks of four wheel drives and quad bikes , these appear to be teams of shellfish collectors working out on the mudflats at low water .

Much of the fordune has eroded , leaving exposed dunes with Marram roots hanging from the once text book dune , many plants such as Sea Holly have declined , along with the array of Dragonflies , Beetles and other Insects that once lived there .