RSPB Ramsey Island Nature Reserve

St David's, Pembrokeshire, St David's, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6PY, Wales

Ramsey Island is a beautiful, unspoilt RSPB Nature Reserve with a large variety of visiting and breeding birds. Boasting some of the highest sea cliffs in Wales you can see spectacular breeding colonies of nesting seabirds. Ramsey is home to one of the UK's largest Grey Seal colonies and from September to December seal pups are on every beach.

This dramatic offshore island has cliffs up to 120m high, the perfect place for breeding seabirds in spring and early summer. Walk along the coastal heathland and enjoy the spectacular views.

The island is awash with colour from May to September, with bluebells, then pink thrift and purple heather. You might see choughs and peregrines nesting on the cliffs. And if you visit in the autumn, you can watch a colony of breeding grey seals. There is a small shop on the island and refreshments are available.

Boat trips to the island are available and enable visitors to experience the beauty of this spectacular island nature reserve or cruise around the island.

Ramsey Island lies one mile off the north Pembrokeshire coast, just west of Britain’s smallest cathedral city. It was the bishops of St David’s who owned Ramsey until 1904, and the island was considered a holy site for pilgrims visiting the birthplace of the Welsh patron saint for 1500 years.

During the last century, many private owners and tenant farmers attempted to earn a living in this beautiful yet harsh environment. Ramsey is now one of the most popular residential volunteering sites within the RSPB, and most importantly the island is now easily accessible to the thousands of visitors who make their own pilgrimage to this special island each year.