Wildlife in Pembrokeshire
An RSPB reserve, Ramsey is just off the end of the St Davids peninsula. There's a 3½ mile trail round the island, which can be rugged in places. Refreshments and a toilet are available. You can also hire binoculars.
At nearly 120m (400 ft) in places, the western cliffs are among the highest in Wales. They are home to ravens, peregrines and buzzards. In spring, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes and shags come to nest too. Choughs also breed on these cliffs, seeking out deep fissures and caves in which to build their nests. From mid-July, however, the cliffs empty as the auk chicks head out to the open sea. Several hundred seal pups are born each autumn on Ramsey's beaches and in the caves.
The southern heathlands are a special combination of heather, gorse and coastal plants. This habitat is the haunt of stonechats, meadow pipits, linnets and skylarks. The summits of Carn Ysgubor and Carn Llundain give splendid views east to the mainland, south to Skomer Island and on the clearest of days, west to Ireland. Look out for wheatears, pipits and feeding choughs.
There is a small shop on the island and refreshments are available.
How to get there:
Boats leave from St Justinians at 10 am and 12 pm, returning at 4 pm (between 1st April or Easter, whichever is earlier, to 31st October). Park in St Davids.
Entrance charges for 2012 (from RSPB website): Return boat crossing: adults £11, children £5.50. Landing: RSPB members free. Non-member adults £4, children £2.
Numerous boat trips will take you around the island to see the wildlife at sea level.
What to see:
- Peregrine falcons
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