Priestholm (Puffin Island) and Penmon

The Birder's Market | Resource | Birding locations | Birding sites Wales | Anglesey |  Priestholm (Puffin Island) and Penmon

Priestholm or Puffin Island photographed by Hermann Kaser
Priestholm or (Puffin Island)

Priestholm or (Puffin Island)

The island is a Special Protection Area (SPA), particularly because of the Great Cormorant colony of over 750 pairs, making it one of the largest colonies in the British Isles. It also has good numbers of Guillemot, Razorbill, Shag and Kittiwake nesting, and in recent years small numbers of Common Eider and Black Guillemot. The Puffins (right Pic: Stig Nygaard) from which the island gets its modern English name bred in considerable numbers at one time, with up to 2,000 pairs recorded. The Brown Rat was introduced accidentally to the island, probably in the late 19th century, and reduced this population to a very few pairs. A programme of poisoning these rats started in 1998 by the Countryside Council for Wales appears to have eradicated them, and the Puffin population has shown an increase since that date.

Click here for a location map.....

At one time the island was heavily grazed by rabbits, but these were wiped out by an outbreak of myxomatosis, leading to the growth of dense vegetation, particularly Common Elder (Sambucus nigra).

The strong currents around the island provide for an abundance of marine life, particularly on the north coast where the depths reach 15 metres, and many people enjoy fishing trips departing from Beaumaris in these waters, catching mainly mackerel, but many other species are caught. Pleasure cruises are also available during the summer months from Easter to October to view the island, the seal colony and birdlife.

Bird photographs from Priestholm
Bird video from Priestholm
Priestholm Twitter
Priestholm blogs and links
Priestholm local services
Priestholm birding walks

The Birder's Market | Resource | Birding locations | Birding sites Wales | Anglesey |  Priestholm (Puffin Island) and Penmon

add this

RSPB

RSPB GIFT MEMBERSHIP

RSPB GIFT MEMBERSHIP


celestron
Foto

Foto

Today' Best Deals
Lizard Bird Diary

Lizard Bird Diary

d






Compact Mini Rubber 8 x 21 Kids Binoculars

BTO

abebooks

Rare & Collectible Books at AbeBooks.com

Valid CSS!