within this land, a story sleeps
the world you see is a dream
this story, the ancient Keepers keep
and always has it been
I am the dunes, their story I have kept
for I am the Keeper but long have I slept
look around you now, as I wake
look at my world as it changes day by day
here there is the end of the sea, the start of the land
here all is connected
from the turning of the tides
to the shifting of the sands
here, all is one, I am the dunes
I am a sculpture in a wave of sand
Nature’s creation, foreign to man
craters of cloud fill, castles built on clay
landscape in motion, changing every day
I am an oasis on a hot summer afternoon
where orchids flower, rare species bloom
I am a lagoon bathed in winter wet
golden slacks adorning, where raindrops are set
I am a place that is always in between
half a life barren land, half a life green
I am a skin that grows beneath your feet
a hidden spot where newts lurk and sand flies meet
I am a mirage on the maps of men
labelled on parchment, recorded in pen
a shape-shifting landscape breaking all the rules
a bracelet of sand, flowering with jewels
I am more than all my parts, notes upon the breeze
a symphony of marram grass, a warbler’s sneeze
I am an orchestra in a sea of tunes
listen to the melody, for I am the dunes
Visit the Keeper of the Dunes at Kenfig National Nature Reserve
26 May 2018:01:22 - 26 May 2018:01:22
Nature Keepers guardians of the story of the Land:
The original concept of the Nature Keepers was thought up and developed by Bridgend County Borough Council Tourism Team and the Rangers at Bryngarw Country Park who installed an innovative interpretation trail in 2013, funded by REACH under the European Rural Development Plan.
The four Bryngarw Keepers have proved very successful and have attracted a lot of visitors to the Park. Consequently, the Council's Countryside and Reach Teams have since commissioned 10 more Nature Keepers throughout Bridgend County in local woods, parks and on the coast. These wooden oak sculptures have been carved in some of our most valuable green spaces and each has its own original poem.
The Nature Keepers will also help you to raise awareness of and celebrate the county borough's countryside and green spaces. In Bridgend we are fortunate to have a range of landscapes from mountain uplands to expansive untouched beaches and this has been reflected in the varied locations and range of keepers.
We have found that many residents did not know that these amazing places are right on their doorstep. Through the Nature Keepers we hope to raise awareness of the array and quality of the county borough’s countryside and urban green spaces and most of all encourage you to visit them and once again be reminded of how amazing our natural environment is.
The Nature Keepers help us celebrate Bridgend's countryside as a place to visit, a place for wildlife, a place to work in and a place to enjoy and that is something that we are keen promote to the County Borough's residents and visitors.
We hope that the Nature Keepers each with its own original poem will reignite your emotional connection with the natural environment. We all have it, whether the connection is with the coast, the woods or the mountains, within all of us there is an emotional connection, often created in childhood, that when triggered reminds us how special these places are. That connection is what can then motivate us to be in these special places and to conserve them for future generations.
The Nature Keepers themselves are the, guardians of the story of the Land; a story written in the landscape and natural environment of the county borough's countryside. The keepers help us realise that we all have close links with the natural world.
If you need some inspiration please check out the interactive keepers video. Most of all we hope you take up this Keepers quest and visit the keepers with friends and family, go explore the county borough and make new memories with the Nature Keepers guardians of the story of the Land;
So what are you waiting for! Get out into the countryside and find all 14 of the Bridgend Nature Keepers.
You can use the 'Dare to Discover app' to help you on the keepers quest. Unlock the Nature Keepers videos and more. Download the ‘Dare to Discover’ app for your smart phone or tablet here.
Please send us your photos and comments via twitter @countryteers #NatureKeepers or facebook bridgend-bites or you can email us at Biodiversity@bridgend.gov.uk