Wildlife in Pembrokeshire
Everywhere you go in Pembrokeshire you are surrounded by nature and wildlife.
After the deep sleep of winter, Pembrokeshire bursts into life.
The hedgerows and woodland floors are carpeted with springs flowers which bombard your senses with colour and perfume.
In early summer the puffins return to Skomer Island. These cheeky little birds allow you to get up close as they build their nests and feed their young.
Pembrokeshire has five islands. Skomer and Skokholm allow a lucky few to stay overnight and the chance to roam the island after all other visitors have gone home. Ramsey Island is an RSPB reserve as well as home to Pembrokeshire’s only deer herd.
Grassholm is a small island that looks like a cake with icing on top but it’s not very tasty. This island is home to Europe’s largest Gannetry, that’s 50,000 birds crammed onto this tiny outcrop and the smell. Its has to be seen, and smelt, to be believed.
Autumn is pupping season in Pembrokeshire. Hundreds of Atlantic grey seal pups are born on the remote beaches and caves of north Pembrokeshire and are visible from the coastal path. Its best to keep your distance as you don’t want to upset mum!
Autumn is also the time for migrant birds and is one of the best seasons for birdwatching. Birds from foreign climes are blown off course by the Atlantic storms that crash into Pembrokeshire.
A great way to see all this amazing wildlife is to take one of the many boat trips. Many operators have wildlife guides who can explain and inform. Who knows, on the way out to the islands you may have an encounter with another of Pembrokeshire’s wildlife gems; dolphins, porpoise or even a whale.