Chough

Ramsey Island
RSPB Nature Reserve


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With some of the finest cliff scenery in Wales, dramatic views of the Pembrokeshire coast from its high hills, and wildlife typical of an offshore island.Ramsey Island

Ramsey is a magical place
With its own special aura
The unusual geology of Ramsey has produced an island of rocky hills, with heather and grassy fields coloured by an ever-changing display of coastal flowers as the seasons progres.


The characteristic island birds all nest here- auks, kittiwakes, shearwaters, peregrines, choughs, ravens, lapwings, wheatears and many more. Large numbers of birds, including many unusual species, rest briefly on the island during the spring and autumn migrations.

The largest concentration of Atlantic grey seals in southern Britain give birth to over 400 white coated pups on the shores of Ramsey during the Autumn.

Ramsey features 400 feet/120 metre high cliffs, which teem with thousands of breeding seabirds in spring and early summer. You can walk among the coastal heathland, enjoying its wildlife (including breeding choughs and peregrines) and spectacular views. The island is awash with colour from May to September, starting with the blue of bluebells, then pink thrift on the cliffs and purple heather at the height of summer. In autumn, breeding grey seals can be seen on the shingle beaches below the cliffs.

The RSPB warden welcomes all visitors at a small reception centre on the island. There are limited facilities, but toilets and some light snacks are available.

What you should know... The island can only be visited by boat, which leaves from St Justinian's harbour between 1 April or Easter (whichever is earlier) and the end of October.

The island cliffs are unfenced and extra care should be taken.

Information for dog owners No dogs - except registered assistance dogs


grey seal pup

The Ramsey Year
The Seasons On Ramsey
Detailed Bird Information
Detailed Bird Information
How To Get Here
How To Get Here

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