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wildlife watching in pembrokeshire – where and when to go


If you’re an avid wildlife watcher, Pembrokeshire is undoubtedly the place for you. With miles of stunning coastline, winding rivers and beautiful countryside, this picturesque destination offers a diverse range of habitats that are ideal for a large variety of animals. From seabirds and seals to dolphins and whales, this scenic location is home to an abundance of wildlife, making it the perfect place to explore whilst glamping in Pembrokeshire. To ensure you’re treated to a special sighting, we’ve outlined some of the best places to visit for a spot of wildlife watching during your break:

Cardigan Bay

For those who are keen to experience aquatic wildlife, Cardigan Bay will not disappoint. Situated in North Pembrokeshire, this coastal paradise is a renowned residence for bottlenose dolphins as well as several other marine species including basking sharks, Risso’s dolphins, fin whales and on the odd occasion, even blue whales! Take a trip to this idyllic location during the summer months to ensure you have the best chance of spotting some of these fascinating animals.

Bottlenose dolphins in the sea at Cardigan Bay

Cemaes Head

Found in northern Pembrokeshire, Cemaes Head is the tallest sea cliff in the whole of Wales and towers at a huge 167 metres. At the foot of this colossal crag lies a beautiful pebble beach that, while inaccessible to visitors, is great for seal-spotting! Every year, from August through to December, this stony shore becomes a fertile breeding ground for over 200 Atlantic grey seals, many of whom raise their pups on the beach for several months after their birth. Visitors can watch from the soaring cliffs above or take a boat trip to see these lovable creatures!

A colony of Atlantic grey seals on a pebbled beach

Elegug Stacks

Translating to guillemot in Welsh, Elegug Stacks is not only the perfect place for birdwatching, but it is also one of the most enchanting locations on the Pembrokeshire coastline and neighbours the famous Green Bridge of Wales. Rising from the frothing blue waters, these two limestone stacks are popular nesting sites for an array of seabirds including guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, choughs, fulmar petrels and even peregrine falcons. However, the best time to see these bustling flocks is between spring and summer, when many birds arrive for mating season and subsequently raise their chicks on the stacks up until July.

A colony of Guillemots on one of the Elegug Stacks

Grassholm Island

Another prime location for birdwatching, Grassholm Island is home to an extensive variety of birdlife, with around 100,000 birds occupying the area. However, the most prominent species on the island is gannets, with around 80,000 nesting here for breeding, making this the third most thriving site for the species in the UK, close behind Bass Rock and St Kilda in Scotland. While gannets return to Grassholm Island to nest from February onwards, the best time to catch a glimpse of these striking birds and their offspring is between June and September, when the island is lively with chicks.

Gannets on the ledges of Grassholm Island

Skomer Island

One of the most picturesque islands in Wales, Skomer Island boasts a diverse range of scenery, from secluded bays and quaint little beaches to towering headlines and jagged rock faces. As well as offering some gorgeous viewpoints, it’s also the perfect place for Puffin spotting, especially at the Wick – a rocky cliff face laden with ledges that make fantastic nesting spots for seabirds of all types. Catch a glimpse of these cute little birds anytime between April and August and watch as they pluck fishes from the waves!

A puffin on one of the ledges on Skomer Island

If you’d like to enjoy some wildlife watching in Pembrokeshire this summer, why not browse our gorgeous range of glamping abodes in the area today? To find out more about Pembrokeshire glamping experiences, contact one of our team members today – we’re always happy to help!

 

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