Introduction to Cemlyn
Cemlyn is one of North Wales
Wildlife Trusts star reserves and regarded by the Anglesey
County Council as the jewel in the crown of its Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
It is valued both for its scenic qualities and its unique range
of wildlife, and is as popular with general visitors local
people, holidaymakers, walkers etc. as it is with birdwatchers and
Situated on the North coast
of Anglesey, about three miles West of Cemaes, the reserve land,
which is owned by the National Trust and has been leased by NWWT
since 1971, includes a large lagoon, separated from the sea by a
spectacular, naturally-created shingle ridge.
The ridge, known as Esgair
Gemlyn, is formed by the process of longshore drift, its profile
changing with the action of tide and weather. This unique geographical
feature also provides a habitat for interesting coastal plants such
as Sea Kale, Sea Campion, and Yellow Horned Poppy.
In the summer, the lagoon
is the backdrop for Cemlyns most famous wildlife spectacle.
Clustered on islands in the brackish water is a large and internationally
important seabird colony, including breeding Common and Arctic Terns,
and one of the U.K.s largest nesting populations of Sandwich
Terns. From the vantage point of the tern viewing area on the ridge,
visitors experience these rare and elegant birds close-up
chasing and diving in courtship displays; incubating eggs; preening
and bathing in the lagoon, or calling to their hungry chicks as
they come winging in with freshly-caught fish.
Around the reserve there are
also areas of coastal grassland, farmland, scrub, wetland, and both
rocky and sandy shore encircling Cemlyn Bay. These are home to a
wealth of life - birds, mammals, insects, wildflowers and marine
creatures which, together with the tern colony, make up a fascinating
ecosystem: an ideal outdoor classroom for studying biodiversity.
In addition to being a Wildlife Trust reserve, Cemlyn is a Special
Protection Area, a candidate Special Area of Conservation, and a
Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is also part of the Anglesey
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
information on Protected Sites:Countryside Council for Wales
on Isle of Anglesey, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.