Anglesey – the nature island
RSPB Cymru started work in Wales in 1911, protecting roseate terns on Llanddwyn Island, Anglesey, but now, 100 years later, there is a wealth of nature reserves on the island.
The cliffs at South Stack provide a home for thousands of seabirds to raise their young. Guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, puffins, choughs and peregrine falcons can usually be seen from the RSPB Visitor Centre.
Holyhead Breakwater Country Park
The park encapsulates all that Anglesey has to offer with stunning coastal scenery, industrial heritage, a well-stocked lake, abundant wildlife including chough and peregrine falcons, and a variety of walks to Holyhead Mountain and South Stack. There is a cafe and shop.
The warren is part of a National Nature Reserve which includes Llanddwyn Island, and besides the marram grass there is a wide range of interesting plants. Birds common to the dunes include herring gulls, oystercatchers, lapwings, curlew, skylarks and meadow pipits.
Just north from Newborough, the marsh is home to mute swan, shelduck, shoveler, lapwing, curlew, redshank, snipe, warblers, bunting, marsh harrier, kestrel and tufted duck. The RSPB are redeveloping the marshland environments and reedbeds to further encourage bird life.
Llyn Alew is the largest body of freshwater on the island. There is a permanent bird hide from which to view waterfowl. Ducks, terns, gulls, geese and swans are often seen whilst waders such as lapwings, curlews, dunlins, and golden plovers can be spotted on the exposed lake bed.
Cemlyn Nature Reserve
Cemlyn is valued for its scenery and its unique wildlife, making it very popular with walkers, birdwatchers and naturalists. Situated on the North coast of Anglesey, about three miles west of Cemaes, the reserve land includes a large lagoon, separated from the sea by a spectacular shingle ridge.
Red Wharf Bay
This shallow, extensive bay on the east of the island attracts a large number of waterfowl and wading birds including shelduck, plover, sandpipers, curlew, oystercatchers and dunlin.
The Anglesey Red Squirrel Project has saved the native red squirrels from the brink of extinction on the island. There is a red squirrel reserve in Menai Bridge.