|Bob Smith (drink in hand, centre) at the triumphant end of the Trident Trek, one of the events which marked the 50th anniversary of our Coastline Campaign|
The occasion was the 50th anniversary of the initiative which saved hundreds of miles of our unspoilt coast, including some of Wales' best loved beaches, protected forever for future generations to enjoy.
The initiative is the Coast Campaign, originally Enterprise Neptune, which has so far helped us protect over a hundred miles of Welsh coast - all through public donations.
Making an Impression
The year got off to a cracking start with a day's celebrations led by Springwatch star Iolo Williams. The event was held in March, on the anniversary of the acquisition of the place where the Neptune campaign started - Whiteford Burrows on Gower.
The local team pulled out all the stops, with a fantastic programme of walks and talks to show what's been achieved since Whiteford Burrows was acquired.
|Iolo Williams, launching our year of coastal celebrations at Whiteford Burrows|
|Our Gower volounteer team worked with sand artist Marc Treanor to create this huge map, marked with all the sites that have been saved with the Neptune campaign.|
|The Trident Trek reaches Cardiff Bay - both trident and Welsh dragon held proudly aloft|
|Laura Hughes takes the helm on a 'commute of a lifetime' with Sails Around Wales skipper, John Whitley, in the Bardsey Sound.|
|Crowds gather in the July sunshine to listen to a programme of music at the Big Beach Picnic|
|The Coast Campaign's latest acquisition, Y Parc, forms the summit plateau of the Great Orme|
The year's activities culminated with an important debate about the future of our coastline. The 'Shifting Shores - the Next Ten Years' seminar saw policy-makers and coastal stakeholders from all over Wales meeting in Swansea to hear expert talks, to learn from case studies and to discuss priorities for working together to make our coast more resilient to climate change.
|Cwm Ivy Gower - the sea wall breaches and 100 acres of farmland is flooded. Disaster or opportunity?|
|A new bird hide, overlooking the new salt marsh at Cwm Ivy, funded by our Coast Campaign. Just one of a range of exiting improvements which have come in the wake of the breaching of the sea wall.|