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The best ways to see wildlife in Anglesey

We believe that a visit to Anglesey is not truly a trip without seeing wildlife. From puffins to seals, red squirrels to bottle-nosed dolphins, wildlife is in abundance in Anglesey so we’ve collated the best ways to see wildlife on the Welsh isle. With our coastal house, Goferryd, perched overlooking the Irish Sea, we provide the perfect base for you to David Attenborough your way around Anglesey.

Sunset over South Stack near Goferydd, Anglesey

Visit South Stack Cliffs

Visit South Stack Cliffs, an RSPB Nature Reserve and see birds galore! Just a short walk from Goferryd, the reserve is made up of heathland and farmland set on a stretch of dramatic sea cliffs which face the islets of South Stack. In spring, guillemots, razorbills and puffins breed on the iconic cliffs whilst the very rare chough can be seen swooping along the cliffs all year round. Hire a pair of binoculars and head up to the viewpoint at Eilin’s Tower, take to the nature trails or sign up for a guided walk to discover all the fantastic conservation work the RSPB are doing in the area.

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Take a cruise to Puffin Island

Go aboard the Island Princess with Starida and cruise along the Menai Strait to Puffin Island. You’ll get the chance to see some of the best wildlife in Anglesey in their natural habitat including guillemots, cormorants, kittiwakes, razorbills and, of course, the puffin. The cruise will also take you to see a colony of grey seals and if you are really lucky you may spot a bottlenose dolphin or harbour porpoise. The cruise is a guided tour with full commentary that’s as entertaining as it is informative from experienced local crews.

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Take a trip to Newborough National Nature Reserve and Forest

Newborough Warren is one of the largest sand dune systems in Britain and with its coastal marshes, sandy and rocky shores, and forest it is home to a whole host of animals and plants. The reserve has a brilliant population of the otherwise rare red squirrel and is also a breeding site for ospreys. There are plenty of footpaths to explore and the reserve also has some brilliant waymarked walking trails. If you’ve got kids, the Animal Puzzle Trail is fantastic, encouraging them to search for animals and clues along the trail.

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Rockpooling at Borth Wen Beach

Borthwen beach is a pretty sandy crescent. Backed by sand dunes there are also a few little rocky islets along the length of the beach which makes it perfect for rockpooling. Take bucket and net to discover a huge range of creatures such as hermit crabs, shrimp, starfish periwinkles and whelps.

Find out how to get to Borth Wen Beach here: 

Walk over the Rhoscolyn Headland

Rhoscolyn overlooks the Irish Sea towards the Lleyn Peninsula. A dramatic coastline marks the landscape, complete with hidden coves and offshore islands. Between Rhoscolyn Head and Silver Bay lies Rhoscolyn’s famous beach, which is lively with peregrine falcon, raven and kestrel. From above, the clifftop walk loops around the headland and provides the perfect vantage point on your Anglesey wildlife walk to spot families of plump grey seals lounging on the sand beneath.

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Book your Anglesey wildlife trip today and discover our beautiful properties in the area.

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