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What to spot

1

Skomer & Skokholm

Puffins, Manx Shearwaters, Guillemots, Razorbills, Choughs, Short-Eared Owls, Seals, Dolphins, Porpoises, Wildflowers


2

Ramsey Island

Guillemots, Razorbills, Choughs, Peregrine Falcons, Dolphins, Seals, Wildflowers, Highest Sea Cliffs in Wales


3

Grassholm Island

Gannets, Guillemots, Porpoises and Dolphins


4

Gwenffrwd Dinas

Red Kites, Pied Flycatchers, Redstarts, Sandpipers, Dippers, Grey Wagtails, Wildflowers, Woodland, Rivers


5

Strumble Head

Whales, Dolphins, Porpoises, Seals, Seabirds, Stunning Coastal Views


6

Castle Woods, Llandeilo

Ancient Bluebell Woodland, Tywi River, Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, Willow Warblers, Chiffchaffs, Redstarts, Pied Flycatchers


7

Stackpole and Bosherston Lily Ponds

Otters, Sedge and Reed Warblers, Dragonflies, Ponds, Woodland, Amazing Beaches


8

Pant y Sais Fen

Fen Raft Spiders, Dragonflies, Damselflies, Warblers, Reed Buntings, Water Rails, Reedbeds


9

Worms Head and Rhossili Beach

Porpoises, Seals, Seabirds, Beaches, Coastal Grassland and Heathland, Stunning Coastal Views


10

Welsh Wildlife Centre and Teifi Marshes Reserve

Warblers, Kingfishers, Dragonflies, Otters, Water Buffalos, Reedbeds, Woodland


Fun facts

  • Skomer and Skokholm islands are home to nearly 60% of the world's population of Manx Shearwaters, some 165,000 breeding pairs. Manx Shearwaters migrate over 7,000 miles (11,250km) from here to the coasts of Brazil and Argentina in less than two weeks.
  • A Puffin's large beak is only colourful during the summer months when it's used to attract a mate. Due to their colourful beak, they are known as 'sea parrots' as well as 'clowns of the sea'.
  • Gannets can strike the water at speeds of 60mph (100 km/h) from a height of 100ft (30m) to catch fish. They can eat large quantities of fish - hence the expression eating like a Gannet.
  • Over half the world population of Bluebells is within the UK, with very high concentrations found within Wales. The Bluebell is thought to symbolise constancy and truth and is a possible origin of the 'something blue' that a bride should wear on her wedding day.
  • Wales is the stronghold of the Chough, an acrobatic member of the crow family with unique, bright red, curved bill. Legend has it that King Arthur, said to be buried in Pembrokeshire, turned into a Chough on his death and therefore killing a Chough is seen as bad luck.
  • Grey Seals can dive to a depth of 230ft (70m) and have a large Roman nose, which is reflected in their scientific name Halichoerus grypus meaning 'sea-pig with a hooked nose'.
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