Everything you need to know about the blooming Spring coastal wildlife in conjunction with
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park
The headland around the St Davids Peninsula, the most westerly part of Wales, is soon to be teaming with wildlife and activity. Spring is the perfect time to be visiting Pembrokeshire, as our glorious county bursts into life turning dramatic grey cliffs into a flurry of coastal flowers and nesting sea birds.
St Davids Escapes has teamed up with Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to bring you our very own Springwatch – everything you need to know and do while on your holiday on this vibrant and unique peninsula.
Springwatch – Flowers
We all dream of spring flowers during the dark days of winter, and Pembrokeshire doesn’t disappoint. When the first bursts of spring colour arrive along the peninsula they stand out sharply against the grey-green backdrop of cliffs and the deep brown-purple of coastal cairns.
What you should look out for:
On the clifftop:
Pink thrift, blue spring squill, yellow kidney vetch, white oxtail daisies, white sea campion
In the hedgerow:
Primroses, snowdrops – especially in the woodland at Abermawr
Across the landscape:
Golden Gorse, heather and hawthorn perfuming the hillsides, and the smell of wild garlic starting to fill the air!
The pride of Pembrokeshire are the puffins, and if you take a boat trip to Ramsey island this Spring, you’re sure to see them popping up from their burrows. It’s nesting season here and if you’re very lucky, you may even see a puffling take a peek out of his cosy home. Yes, they really are called pufflings!
If you’re heading to Ramsey at dusk after mid-March, you’re likely to spot one of Pembrokeshire’s other Springwatch seafaring superstars, the Manx Shearwater. Nearby Skomer island boasts the largest breeding colony of Manx Shearwaters in the world, with around 120,000 nesting pairs taking up burrows all over the island.
Look out for:
Kittiwakes, guillemots and razorbills call our cliffs and islands home, too, as well as the humble seagull.
Pembrokeshire National Park rangers put out red concrete pots to warn the more intrepid rock-climber of areas where climbing or walking could disturb nesting birds. Please keep an eye out for them on your Springwatch adventures! For more information about climbing and keeping chics safe, click here.
Swallows and House martins arrive between March and May, filling gardens and hedgerows.
If you’re fans of the cuckoo’s call, then the best place to hear them is St Davids Airfield, an abandoned World War Two RAF Coastal base that Pembrokeshire National Park has reclaimed…as have the cuckoos!
It’s not just the landscape that has been reborn – we have some newborns, too! The lambs have just arrived and there are baby bunnies on every available hillside.
But it’s the water-dwelling mammals that prove a big hit around St Davids Head, especially as they are present almost all year round. Dolphin watching is available from St Justinians, where you can go out on boats or just watch them play in the water off Ramsey Sound.
Springwatch – Activities
Our friends at Pembrokeshire Coast National Park want to give you every opportunity to take in as much of our beautiful coastline as safely and inclusively as possible this Spring. They’ve arranged a whole host of events which start from Oriel y Parc in St Davids, including Foraging walks, Easter treasure hunts for the kids, discovering bats at the Bishop’s Palace and Journeying Through Time by reading the dramatic ancient landscape of St Davids Head. A full
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park encourage you to go beyond just seeing the sights by taking part in the John Muir Award. Challenge your group or family to help explore, conserve and share your experiences of Pembrokeshire by taking up the award on your trip. It’s a rewarding way of giving back to the landscape you’re discovering, as well as being a fun activity to do on your break by the sea!