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Storm Francis reveals lost forest on Llanrhystud beach

Storm Francis reveals ‘ancient’ forest in Cardigan Bay

A selection of images of the recent discovery of tree stumps on Llanrhystud beach, Ceredigion, the west coast of Wales. The discovery followed Storm Francis, named by the UK Met Office, which battered the Welsh coast on Tuesday 25 August, 2020, bringing 70mph winds and up to three-and-a-half inches of rain.

  • Tree stumps emerge on Llanrhystud beach
  • Storm Francis reveals lost forest on Llanrhystud beach
  • Lost forest on Llanrhystud beach
  • Llanrhystud coastline forest, Cardigan Bay
  • Coastline forest at Llanrhystud, Ceredigion

Petrified trees on Llanrhystud beach

Tests are to be carried out at the Llanrhystud site to determine its age.

Petrified trees on Llanrhystud beach, Cardigan Bay, Wales
Petrified trees on Llanrhystud beach, Cardigan Bay, Wales

The story was picked up by the BBC, and a news snippet was broadcast throughout the day, 10 September, 2020.

References:
Cambrian News: Did Storm Francis uncover more of fabled sunken forest?

Llanrhystud: Storm Francis Uncovers Llanrhystud’s ‘Lost’ Shoreline Forest

BBC Wales: Storm Francis uncovers more ‘sunken’ forest in Cardigan Bay

Daily Mail: Storm Francis uncovers part of a petrified Welsh woodland that has been submerged for 4,500 years and inspired the legend of the ‘Lost Hundred’

The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, Maritime Officer also recorded the timbers on a site visit, 21 August 2012. View details: Submerged Forest, Llanrhystud

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