Wildlife - Red Wharf Bay and Pentraeth Forest

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Red Wharf Bay lies on the east coast of Anglesey and stretches for some 2.5 miles between the villages of Red Wharf Bay and Llanddona.  Pentraeth Forest skirts its eastern edge and offers an excellent vantage point from which to admire the vast expanse of the bay (known as Traeth Coch in Welsh). From here it is easy to see why this has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Red squirrels can be seen in this forest which was their last refuge on Anglesey until recent re-introductions. Whilst the tide is out, get closer to the beach and you can find the coiled sandy casts of lugworms and evidence of various shellfish making this an ideal feeding ground for a variety of wading birds including curlew, oystercatcher, redshank, plovers, sandpipers and dunlin. A host of other wildfowl can also regularly be found here including brent geese during the winter months. Evidence of otters can occasionally be found where the Afon Nodwydd enters the bay from Pentraeth. Castell Mawr rock, a huge tower of limestone on the bay’s northern shore has become a refuge for a variety of gulls, while Bwrdd Arthur, a limestone plateau to the east, is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which is designated for its unique limestone flora including hoary rockrose and ivy broomrape.

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