The Holyhead Breakwater Country Park was opened in 1990 and is situated on the site of an old quarry which supplied stone for the 2.39km (1.5 miles) Holyhead Breakwater, the longest in Europe, which was built between 1846 and 1873. Part of the park is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Breakwater Country Park is just a couple of miles of Holyhead town centre, easily accessible on the main road that follows the coastline past the breakwater. The park captures the scenic beauty, history and natural appeal of Anglesey all on one site and has a great deal to offer. Visitors are welcome to roam the park, or follow the designated walks through the grounds and beyond. There is varying terrain, including fields, a lake and the rocky shoreline.
The Anglesey Coastal Path runs through the reserve, following the coastline around Porth Namarch and on to North Stack and the fog signal station. The park’s nature trail is a good way to experience the area’s many different types of habitat and wildlife.
Breakwater Country Park is a particularly good spot for migrant passerine birds in spring or autumn, as well as seabirds, and summer visitors like swallows and swifts, as well as choughs and peregrine falcons.
The coast is a good place to watch for harbour porpoises, grey seals and Risso’s and common dolphins. The lakes are home to breeding moorhen and mallard, and grey herons can often be seen.
The wildlife is therefore varied, but most notable are the seals who visit the Holyhead coast. You could also go on a hunt for the wild marsh and bee orchids growing in the park.