Wildlife - Cemlyn Bay Lagoon

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Cemlyn Bay is a North Wales Wildlife Trust reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA).  It is especially renowned for its large tern colony, which includes common and arctic terns, and one of the U.K’s largest nesting populations of sandwich terns, which reside on the lagoon island during the summer months.  Sandwich terns are one of Britain’s earliest arriving migrants, and can often be seen around our coasts from late March.  They are a wide ranging species, spending the winter around the coasts of Africa and some even further afield in the southern hemisphere.  They are also long-lived; data from ringed birds has shown that they can live for 30 years.  They are sociable birds, nesting in large colonies often alongside other tern species.

The North Wales Wildlife Trust employs wardens every summer at Cemlyn to monitor and protect the tern colonies.  Roseate terns have bred historically at the reserve, and it has played host to some exciting rarities from time to time - sooty tern, melodious warbler and Terek sandpiper being noteworthy examples.  The reserve is a good spot from which to see other seabirds such as skuas and gannets, as well as shore birds and wildfowl.  It is also a good spot for seabirds, including divers and grebes in winter in the bay.  Oystercatchers and ringed plover breed on the shingle ridge, and the areas of scrub and wetland surrounding the reserve support nesting stonechat, whitethroat, and sedge warbler.  The bay is a good location for sea watching for marine mammals such as bottlenose dolphin and grey seal.  The reserve also exhibits an interesting assemblage of coastal plants, including sea kale, sea campion, sea beet, yellow horned poppy, sea aster, sea holly, and sea purslane.

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