5 Pembrokeshire wildlife highlights

The coast and countryside of Pembrokeshire attracts wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world. Here’s five of the county’s wildlife highlights.

Llangloffan Fen, near Castlemorris

Common lizard at Llangloffan Fen

A common lizard at Llangloffan Fen Nature Reserve, Pembrokeshire by brackenb

This wonderful wetland is part of a ‘valley mire’ which is very rich in wildlife. The area attracts waterfowl, hen harriers, barn owls, warblers, polecats, otters and water shrews, among others. Llangloffan Fen is also renowned for its invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians and plant life.

Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire coast 

Puffin with sand eels in beak

A puffin on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire

Skomer is at its best in early summer, when many thousands of birds are busy raising their young. The island is home to puffins, guillemots, razorbills, storm petrels and one of the world's largest Manx shearwater breeding colonies, with an estimated 120,000 breeding pairs.

Stack Rocks, near Castlemartin

Breeding seabirds on a cliff at Stack Rocks

Stack Rocks, Pembrokeshire

Stack Rocks is a great place to watch breeding seabirds along the stunning limestone coast of south Pembrokeshire. Guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes use these pillars of rock close to the shore as a safe place to nest. Puffins and choughs can also be seen here. 

Strumble Head, near Fishguard 

Aerial view of Strumble Head and coastline

Strumble Head, Pembrokeshire

The precipitous cliffs of Strumble Head provide a superb viewpoint for gazing out upon the wildlife that comes and goes along this dramatic stretch of coast. Whales, dolphins, and an impressive array of resident and migrating birds such as storm petrels, gannets and various skuas are all regular visitors and there’s even a bird watching observation post.

Slebech Reed Beds, from Minwear Woods

View of Slebech reed beds and trees

A view of Slebech reed beds and surrounding trees by Richard Wilson (ty bach)

Watch spellbinding starling murmurations in winter, when starlings gather in Pembrokeshire in their tens of thousands. They usually start arriving at Slebech reed beds in November (there’s a popular viewing point at Minwear Woods, with parking) before moving inland to woodland roosts.

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