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Spring and Summer Wildlife in North Wales

North Wales is such a beautiful part of the world and it seems that the wildlife certainly thinks so too. As the weather gets warmer, the whole region starts to get busier, meaning that visitors to the region can really cross some of those species off of their bucket list, so long as they know where to go. Read on to find out some of the wildlife that North Wales has to offer and where you need to go to catch a glimpse.

Cremlyn Nature Reserve 

Run by the North Wales Wildlife Trust, this nature reserve located on the north coast of Anglesey is the ideal nesting site for terns. The area used to be saltmarsh but was developed into a lagoon area by Captain Hewitt in the 1930s through the development of a dam and a weir. This lagoon now attracts lots of waterfowl, including the tern who return every year to breed. Visitors can expect to see common terns, arctic terns and sandwich terns between the months of March through to August. Visitors could also catch a glimpse of brown hares, stoats or weasels.

Llandegla 

Why not head up to Llandegla to enjoy a bit of lekking? Every year male black grouse gather on moorland such as Llandegla to try and convince the female of their species that they are the one they should breed with that year. They do this by lekking, or performing a special love dance which involves them shaking their tail feathers and being a bit of a show-off. It really is a special sight to see. The RSPB have guided walks through the moorland with experts who can help you see the spectacle in all of its glory. Why not book yourself onto one this spring?

Great Orme 

Great Orme is a limestone headland situated close to the coastal town of Llandudno. It is a very rich area for wildlife because there is so much great habitat, there are sea cliffs, grassland, heathland and woodland providing a home for lots of varieties of creatures. During the summer there is an amazing sea bird colony who return every year to use the cliffs as a nesting area. Come here to see kittiwakes, razorbills or guillemots. You should also head here if you have a love for butterflies. There are over 20 species breeding on the headland, including the grayling and the silver-studded blue.

Bull Bay 

Bull Bay, located on the island of Anglesey is another great place to visit to catch sight of sea-birds. The beach itself is very rocky and has plenty of rock pools, so you might be able to see lots of different creatures, including crabs or starfish. This is also a prime location to see harbour porpoise. The local wildlife trust organises events every August, to help people catch a glimpse of these fantastic sea animals. Seals have also been spotted around the area during these events, who wouldn’t want the chance to spot one of these beautiful animals?

Bardsey Island 

Bardsey Island, located about 2 miles off of the Llyn Peninsula is home to its very own bird observatory. They have discovered that there are so many rare species on the island that it has been declared a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). If you head here you might be able to catch a glimpse of manx shearwaters, puffins, oystercatchers, pied wheatears or even bee-eaters. Grey seals also head to the island to breed and in the months of September and October seal pups can be seen along the beaches of the west coast. This really is a special place to spend some time.

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