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Top 10 things to do around the Welsh coast before the summer’s over

 

Holidays over too soon? There’s not long before we start to see the summer slowly fizzling away, so why not make the most of what’s left of it by visiting some of Wales’ beautiful coastline?

The seas around Wales are not only great places to have fun, but they’re also really important for giving us food, creating jobs, and supporting nature. And luckily for us – we’re surrounded by water on three sides!

So here we go. Come rain or shine, here are WWF Cymru’s top 10 things to do around the Welsh coast.

Spot dolphins and harbour porpoises in Ceredigion

A bottlenose dolphin does a backflip from the waterCardigan Bay has the UK’s largest pod of harbour porpoises and dolphins. © Rhys Thatcher / Flickr Creative Commons

Cardigan Bay has one of the biggest pods of dolphins in the UK, and you can see plenty of harbour porpoises there too. Head over to New Quay – and don’t forget your binoculars! And if you’re lucky enough to get out on a boat to see them, here are some handy tips from the RSPB on how to enjoy wildlife in a safe and responsible way.

Cardigan Bay is protected because it’s its own Special Area of Conservation under EU law. We want to make sure that this incredible area, and the beautiful species in it, continues to be protected!

Forage for laverbread in Pembrokeshire

A close-up shot of seaweedLaverbread is a famous Welsh delicacy! © Rob Patrick / Flickr Creative Commons

Freshwater West might be better known for its great surfing or for being a famous film location, but it’s also great for foraging your own seaweed to make laverbread. Find out how to forage here.

Visit the sand dunes at Merthyr Mawr

A view of Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes with the sea in the distanceMerthyr Mawr Sand Dunes are a Site of Special Scientific Interest. © allyhook / Flickr Creative Commons

Just up from Southerndown in the Vale of Glamorgan are the Merthyr Mawr Sand Dunes – a Site of Special Scientific Interest! They’re the second-highest sand dunes in Europe and were also used for filming parts of David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia! Did you know that sand dunes are known as a ‘soft defence’ against flooding?

See how salt gets made on Anglesey

Pots of Halen Môn sea saltAnglesey Sea Salt is world-famous – and you can see how it’s made! © British Embassy, Rome / Flickr Creative Commons

The name of Anglesey sea salt is protected by law – so it must be good! But have you ever wondered how salt gets from the sea to your table? One of Wales’ most famous companies, Halen Môn, do tours – so you can find out!

Take part in a beach clean

A view of Porth Dafarch beach, Anglesey, at sunsetWales has so many beautiful beaches. Let’s help keep them clean! © Adrian Kingsley-Hughes / Flickr Creative Commons

The Great British Beach Clean isn’t until next month, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get stuck in with tidying up your local beach – helping to keep the water clean and the wildlife safe! Want to find out where your nearest beach is? Use this handy tool from our friends over at Keep Wales Tidy!

Go fossil hunting in Penarth

A fossil in PenarthThe coast around Penarth is full of fossils! © Ben Salter / Flickr Creative Commons

Penarth is rich in fossils! It’s the second Site of Special Scientific Interest on this list, which means it’s of national importance. So be careful! But take a short walk along the seafront and you’re bound to find something interesting.

Hike along the Wales Coast Path

A person walking along the Wales Coast Path in PembrokeshireDid you know that the Wales Coast Path is 870 miles long? © Lynne Ayers / Flickr Creative Commons

Why wouldn’t you want to take a walk along a part of the first coastal path in the world to cover an entire country? It runs through some of Wales’ most beautiful protected landscapes and habitats so wherever you go along its 870 miles, you’re bound to be amazed!

Our seas and coasts are home to some wonderful wildlife and habitats, so it’s important that we manage their environment the best we can.

See the home of one of the UK’s most important puffin colonies

Ever year there are more and more puffins breeding on Skomer Island. © Annerley Johnson / Flickr Creative CommonsEver year there are more and more puffins breeding on Skomer Island. © Annerley Johnson / Flickr Creative Commons

Skomer Island, off the coast of Pembrokeshire is a national nature reserve and a Special Protection Area under EU law. Between Skomer and its neighbour Skokholm, there are about 10,000 breeding pairs of puffins – and counting! There are regular boat trips to the island from Martin’s Haven until October.

Tuck into some sustainable fish and chips

Check out WWF's top tips for buying seafood to make sure you're buying the most sustainable fish you can. © Marine Stewardship Council / Flickr Creative CommonsCheck out WWF’s top tips for buying seafood to make sure you’re buying the most sustainable fish you can. © Marine Stewardship Council / Flickr Creative Commons

Everyone loves fish and chips, don’t they? But did you know that by choosing the right fish to eat, we can help keep our seas healthy and marine wildlife thriving. We all depend on our seas – not only for food, but also for leisure and jobs. Take a look at WWF-UK’s top ten tips for buying seafood!

Watch the guillemots at South Stack

A few across a small bay of South Stack lighthouseSouth Stack is a great place to see all sorts of birdlife like guillemots, razorbills and puffins. © John Ibbotson / Flickr Creative Commons

And not just guillemots – razorbills and puffins too! If you make your way to South Stack on Anglesey, you won’t need to take binoculars as you’ll get them for free. You might even see some beautiful silver-studded-blue butterflies on the heath. Take a look what else there is to do in Anglesey.

We’re so lucky to have so much sea around us here in Wales. They support some of our most beautiful wildlife and the habitats around them are truly incredible.

Fishermen speaking to each other from their respective boats on the sea in St Ives, CornwallThe Celtic Seas Partnership is working to secure a healthy and productive future for our seas. © Jiri Rezac / WWF

They’re also great for leisure and improving our well-being. What’s more, they support coastal economies and create jobs for people in communities right around Wales, and that’s why we’re leading the Celtic Seas Partnership project. It’s working to bring people together to help secure a healthy and productive future for our seas.

Go and enjoy our wonderful, Welsh coast! Why not let us know where you’ve been and what you’ve seen in the comments section below?

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