Top coastal wildlife sites in Wales
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Top beaches to visit in Wales
Some of the best beaches in the world are waiting for you to discover on the Welsh coast. We care for 133 sections of the Welsh coast including recently voted best beach in Britain Rhossili.
Walk the Wales Coast Path
The National Trust owns and cares for more than one-fifth of the Wales coastline. Many of its great coast walks help to make up the new Wales Coast Path. This is a selection.
The Welsh coast is home to one of only two semi-resident UK populations of bottlenose dolphins, most sightings of the 130 or so Cardigan Bay dolphins take place between April and September. Our dolphin hotspots are:
Mwnt, Penbryn, near Tresaith, Lochtyn, near Llangranog, Cwm Tydu, near New Quay, and Porth Ceiriad, near Abersoch.
A smaller relative of the dolphins, porpoises are more often seen in shallower water closer to shore in small groups of up to 10. They are much less acrobatic than dolphins and do not leave the water, just breaking the surface with their dark fin and rolling back. Our hotspots are Cemlyn, Cemaes, Fedw Fawr on Anglesey, Uwchmynydd on the Llyn Peninsula, and Marloes Peninsula in Pembrokeshire.
Approximately 5,000 grey seals live in the water around West Wales and can be seen year round. Pups can be seen between September to December.
One of the best places to catch a glimpse of seals is Morfa Bychan near Aberaeron. They are also often seen at Ynys Lochtyn, and Cwm Tydu near Llangranog in Cardigan Bay.