South Stack RSPB ReserveSouth Stack, Anglesey

South Stack nature reserve is managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). Its scenery is second to none with breathtaking views from atop the spectacularly rugged cliffs that make up this part of Anglesey's coastline. The reserve is probably most famous for the thousands of seabirds that cling to its cliffs, but don’t be fooled there is plenty of family fun to be had here!

The reserve is situated on the North West coast of Holy Island, separated from Anglesey only by a narrow channel. Its more isolated location make it the perfect spot for the many birds that choose to nest here during the spring and summer months. With the chance to observe puffins, porpoises, peregrine falcons and much more; grab your walking boots, binoculars and come and see what you can spot!

Description

Looking for a day out with plenty to see and do, then look no further. The South Stack Reserve has it all; a cafe, shop, nature trails, spectacular views and an information centre that caters for visitors of all ages and aims to engage everyone!

You can’t walk far without hearing the chorus of seabirds that have made South Stack their home for the warmer months. Numerous guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes can be seen and are usually the culprits behind the din! South Stack really is a bird watcher's paradise. But with the chance to see rare choughs or species such as the puffin - it makes bird watching a whole lot more inviting for the less avid watchers. We had a lot of fun searching along the cliff ridges and were lucky enough to spot 2 puffins on our last trip to South Stack; they never fail to put a smile on your face!

Elin’s Tower information centre is based close to the cliffs not far from the main car park. From here you are able to observe the birds in relative warmth, as it tends to catch the breeze all year round. There is an upstairs viewing area and the RSPB provide binoculars and telescopes to give you a better chance to catch a glimpse of these sometimes rather reclusive feathery friends. You never know you could even spot the rare chough! If not the volunteers in the tower are always there to point you, or your binoculars, in the right direction and give you helpful hints. Interactive materials help keep the little ones occupied too and with live video footage of nests from around the reserve it is fascinating to see and is exciting as it’s not something you would normally be able to see!

Many paths crisscross the landscape around the reserve, why not make the most of these trails and fill in the Bingo sheets to make discovering the nature around the reserve fun for all the family! You may be lucky enough to see dolphins out to sea.

Throughout the year South Stack holds many family friendly events and activities tailored towards children; such as a butterfly walk, ‘meet the sheep’ and new for this year the Big Wild Sleepout. Big Wild Sleepout gives the opportunity to find your inner explorer; pack up your tent and spend the night on the nature reserve!

After a day full of adventure you can sit back and enjoy a welcome refreshment in the charming tearoom and peruse the lovely RSPB shop - the wonderful work done by the RSPB wouldn’t be possible without donations and the support of the public who enjoy exploring this remarkable reserve!

Opening times

Visitor Centre, shop and cafe
Daily: 10am - 5pm (except Christmas Day)

Ellin's Tower Seabird Centre
Daily: 10am - 5pm (Easter to September)

Contact details

Websitehttp://www.rspb.org.uk/discoverandenjoynature/seenature/reserves/guide/s/southstackcliffs/index.aspx
Phone number: 01407 762100

Picnic Spot

Yes, some with space for wheelchairs. All tables are next to the visitor centre. Visitors are welcome to consume their own food and drink here. There are also benches all around the reserve.

Parking

Free parking available but can be limited at busy times of the year. There are three Blue Badge spaces at Ellin's Tower car park. The Visitor Centre car park has three Blue Badge spaces immediately next to the entrance of the Visitor Centre, shop and cafe. 

Accessibility 

The nature of the terrain on the reserve makes many of the paths steep and rocky, making access difficult for anyone with impaired mobility. Access to Ellin's Tower is via a steep flight of stairs. 

Dogs

Dogs are welcome on the reserve and in Ellin's Tower but aren't allowed inside the cafe for hygiene reasons. Please keep your dog on a lead and stick to the paths. Drinking water is provided for dogs in bowls at the doors of the Visitor Centre and Ellin's Tower.

Other useful info

  • Many events are held throughout the year

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