Erinfa close to St Davids is a great place to relax and enjoy the local wildlife. With boat trips leaving St Davids everyday its the perfect choice of accommodation to visit the Islands and surrounding area buzzing with wildlife.
A pristine environment, clean seas, very little population and lush vegetation makes for rich and varied habitats, most important of which are the islands: Skomer, Skokholm, Ramsey, Grassholm and Caldey. Home to thousands of Puffins, Gannets and other sea birds. Dolphin, Porpoise and whale watching boat trips are popular too.
Indeed such is the importance of the habitats that many areas are designated nationally and internationally for nature conservation and protection.
There are over 300 species of bird alone in the county, including buzzards, storm petrel choughs, kingfishers, and the peregrine falcon, the second fastest bird in the world, which can reach speeds of up to 120 miles per hour.
Four of the best seabird islands in Europe can also be found in Pembrokeshire. The world’s largest breeding population of Manx shearwater, is centred on Skomer, which like its near neighbour, Skokholm, plays host to the clown-faced puffin, as well as guillemots, razorbills and more. While Grassholm island has the world’s fourth largest colony of gannets, with around 33,000 breeding pairs.
Stars of the sea
Just off St David’s peninsular, Ramsey Island has the second largest grey seal colony in Britain, where seals can be seen all year round, basking on rocks. And Pembrokeshire is one of the best places in Britain to see the Harbour Porpoise – almost the smallest cousin of the great whales.
In Fishguard and Newport Bays during the summer you can often see Bottlenose Dolphins. Sightings of other dolphins such as Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins, Common Dolphins, White Sided Dolphins, Striped Dolphins, and Risso’s Dolphins are all possible too.
So, from every aspect, Pembrokeshire is a haven for wildlife – as much of a haven as it is for the many visitors we welcome each and every year.