WILDLIFE IN PEMBROKESHIRE
As the UK’s only coastal National Park Pembrokeshire is uniquely suited as a habitat for a wide variety of wildlife.
In clear blue waters you can find countless forms of marine life from tiny sea urchins to the enormous basking sharks and playful dolphins. On the numerous islands – Skomer, Skokholm, Caldey, Ramsey and Grassholm – throngs of sea birds, such as Gannets, gulls and Cormorants, make their home, there are many visiting, migrating birds, the Puffin perhaps being the best loved. These delightful, comical birds can be seen on Skomer Island in spring and early summer, sometimes staying well into July. Skomer is also a breeding ground for Guillemot’s and Manx Shearwater among numerous others.
Pembrokeshire has great variety to offer the wildlife enthusiast and keen walker; coastal rambles, hill walking in the Preseli Mountains, and sheltered inland estuaries to mention a few. There are regular boat trips from Martins Haven near Marloes to visit Skomer Island bird sanctuary and marine reserve. Thrill packed boat rides around Ramsey leaving from St. Justinian’s near St. David’s, offer the possibility of sighting leaping porpoise and seeing Atlantic Grey Seals basking on the rocks.