Ramsey Island

Ramsey Island RSPB Nature Reserve

Ramsey Island was purchased by the RSPB in 1992 and was designated a National Nature Reserve in 1996 due to its internationally important flora and fauna, including 20 species of rare plants, breeding Chough and Lapwing and the largest Grey Seal colony in Wales.

The island is awash with colour from May to September, with bluebells, then pink thrift and purple heather.  At nearly 120m (400 ft.) the Western cliffs are among the highest in Wales.  They are home to Ravens, Peregrines and Buzzards.

In spring, Guillimots, Razorbills, Fulmars and Kittiwakes come to nest.  Chough also breed on the these cliffs, seeking out deep fissures and caves in which to build their nests.  From mid July however, the cliffs empty as the auk chicks head out to the open sea.

From August it is time for the Atlantic Grey Seals to pup, several hundred seal pups are born each year on Ramseys beaches and in the caves.  The Southern heathlands are a special combination of heather, gorse and coastal plants.  In August they come into their glory, when the heathers and gorse flower together.  This habitat is the haunt of Stonechats, Meadow Pipets, Linnets and Skylarks.

The summits of Carn Ysgubor and Carn Llundain give splendid views to the mainland, south to Skomer Island and on the clearest days, West to Ireland. Look out for Wheatears, Pipits and feeding Choughs.

There is a main trail of about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) which can be divided into two loops.
Lat/Lng: 51.86456, -5.33335 Grid Ref: SM706237