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Anglesey’s rare wildlife

In recent years the list of threatened species on Anglesey has been growing and includes many species of birds, mammals, insects and plants.

Birds such as the Roseate Tern (Britain’s rarest breeding tern) and Bittern used to breed on Anglesey - now they are close to extinction on our island.

Before the arrival of the Grey SquirrelRed Squirrels were once widespread on Anglesey. Now that Greys have been cleared, Reds have gained in numbers and sites in recent years.

The Otter has now returned to Anglesey after an absence of 20 years, proving that our wetlands and rivers are getting cleaner.

From one fine swimmer to the next, the Harbour Porpoise swims in the sea around the island.

Rare butterflies such as the Marsh Fritillary can also be found here. Anglesey used to be one of the European strongholds for this beautiful butterfly, now only a small colony exists, sadly very close to extinction on the island.

Not only do we have rare animals on our island but also a wealth of rare plants, such as our county flower, the dainty Spotted Rock Rose which flowers early in the morning. The South Stack Fleawort is endemic to South Stack and cannot be found growing anywhere else in the world! Other plants that are in decline on the island include ChamomilePale Dog Violet and Lesser-Butterfly Orchid.

The list goes on; many more plants and animals on the globally threatened species list live on Anglesey and need looking after.

Without active conservation these animals and plants might disappear from our island. We can show you how to get involved and help our local wildlife.

Contact Planning Service

Environment and Technical Services Directorate
Council Offices
Llangefni
Anglesey
LL77 7TW
Main reception: 01248 752428
Biodiversity and conservation: 01248 752439
Fax: 01248 752412
Croesawir galwadau yn y Gymraeg
Email:biodiversity@anglesey.gov.uk

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