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The diverse topography of this small area brings together birds of contrasting characteristics. Species so common in many pastoral settings elsewhere in the United Kingdom are commonly seen side-by-side with visitors who, outside the breeding season, spend their life thousands of miles away from land, in the Atlantic Ocean. The Llyn Peninsula is also on an important route for migratory birds and the R.S.P.B. have established a ringing station on Bardsey Island to record the species that transit the area.

A walk in the Llyn countryside will reward the avid bird-watcher with glimpses of species ranging from the Dippers, of the Dwyfor and Dwyfach rivers to the Jays, Nuthatches, Greater-spotted and Green Woodpeckers of the woodlands. Moor land and coastal dunes are home to Stonechats, Goldfinches, and Sand Martins with the ever-present predators such as the Carrion Crows, Magpies, Kestrels and Buzzards maintaining a watch over proceedings.

Wildlife photos from Alan Gray: 

Shags (left), a Stonechat (middle) a Kittiwake with chick (right)

The R.S.P.B, often ringing about 100 bird species in a year on Bardsey Island, have encountered vagrants such as the Grey-cheeked Thrush and Blackpoll from North America and Dusky Warblers and Black-Headed Buntings from Asia. They also report spectacular arrivals of Redwing, Chaffinches, Starlings and Skylarks during the autumn migration period.

The rocky cliffs and offshore islands are important nesting sites for the summer pelagic visitors. Bardsey Island is the summer home of the Manx Shearwater, and along with the other offshore islands, provides nesting sites for Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Cormorants, Shags, Curlews, Herring Gulls and Great and Lesser Black-backed Gulls. The Ynysoedd Gwylan (Seagull Islands) provide the nesting sites for Puffins. Coastal cliffs provide the air currents so enjoyed by the Fulmar and the Chough along with notable predators such as the Raven, Buzzard and Peregrine Falcon.


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"Shearwater" offers wildlife tours of south and west Llyn, taking in
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