• Ancient Monuments

     This week has seen our warden Denise out on the reserve in an effort to unearth a piece of history.  Denise has been working on the site of a Scheduled Ancient Monument called Capel Llochwydd to expose the stonework that has been hidden under the gorse for many years. 

    A Scheduled Ancient Monument is a site that is deemed to be of national importance and is protected under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas…

    • 6 Mar 2020
  • The Range, habitat that is rarer than a rainforest!

    Penrhosfeilw Common, known locally as The Range is part of the RSPB reserve at South Stack and lies adjacent to our farmland at Gors Goch.  This heathland is a very special, rare habitat which is threatened across the UK.  The Range has British and European designations and as a habitat is rarer than a rainforest!

    The RSPB lease The Range from Anglesey County Council and our role as custodians of the land is to manage and…

    • 27 Feb 2020
  • Mr & Mrs Mousetrap

    Mr and Mrs Mousetrap

     Many of our visitors are delighted to see a pair of chough at South Stack.  These charismatic birds are rare members of the crow family.  Here at South Stack one of our breeding pairs can be seen feeding close to Ellin’s Tower and outside the visitor centre.  We know them as Mr and Mrs Mousetrap, named after the cave they nest in on Mousetrap zawn (a deep and narrow sea-inlet, cut by erosion into…

    • 19 Feb 2020
  • A Review of 2019 at RSPB South Stack

     It has been a busy year for wildlife at South Stack in 2019.  Our breeding pairs of Chough (the rarest member of the crow family with approximately 300 on mainland UK) have had 26 chicks that left the reserve!  This is great news for the local chough population and our highest number in decades.  

    Our Guillemot and Razorbill numbers have done really well too with our highest ever recorded numbers.  Denise the Warden…

    • 9 Jan 2020
  • South Stack and why we are objecting to the Tidal Energy Demonstration Zone

    Blog post amended on 12th December 2019

    The planet faces biodiversity collapse and a climate emergency, and there is increasing realisation that both these crises need to be tackled together.  More renewable energy is a crucial part of tackling climate change – so why are we objecting to the Morlais Tidal Energy Demonstration Zone off the coast of Anglesey?

     South Stack nature reserve is a much visited and iconic…

    • 18 Nov 2019
  • How does RSPB South Stack help the local economy?

    South Stack Cliffs is a wonderful place for nature, part of a popular destination enjoyed by local people and tourists for almost 200 years, and where the RSPB has been managing the habitats and showing people wildlife for over 40 years.  As the RSPB’s involvement at South Stack has grown, so has the economic benefit provided by the nature reserve and visitor operation. RSPB nature reserves represent significant and diverse…
    • 20 Sep 2019
  • The Steel Frame of the new Visitor Centre is going up!

    Whilst it has appeared that there has been little progress on the build - all the work has been underground over the last couple of weeks - digging foundations and pouring concrete, this week has seen the rapid erection of the steel frame which forms the new part of the building.  The frame is due to be completed by Friday.  Next week will see the floors being installed.  

    • 19 Sep 2019
  • September is calling

    The team up on the reserve at South Stack can’t quite believe that it’s the end of August already.  As I look out of the window of the office at Plas Nico sea foam is swirling past and it certainly feels autumnal.  Lots to look forward to though.  Building work on the new visitor centre is progressing.  Over the last 2 weeks we have seen the rubble from the old building crushed and taken away to be reused along…

    • 30 Aug 2019
  • RSPB South Stack, why is the building work taking place now?

    Here at South Stack we are busy working away to ensure all our visitors have the best experience possible whilst building work is ongoing.  It may not be ideal for our visitors that we are partially closed during the busy summer season but there are reasons behind it. 

    One of the main reasons behind doing the work at this time of year is the weather.  Carrying out the work when the weather is good has meant that we…

    • 14 Aug 2019
  • Why we decided part of the building had to come down

    Wondering why we needed to knock part of the existing building down at South Stack?  Why could it not simply be renovated?  When the RSPB purchased the Cafe and buildings at South Stack the rear of the property was a family home and the layout of the building was not well suited as an office, for storage or to receive deliveries.  Also, visitor numbers have increased vastly over recent years and it is well documented that…

    • 6 Aug 2019
  • Chough Chicks everywhere at South Stack

    Whilst the building is being demolished at South Stack we're delighted to find that we have had a bumper year for chough chicks.  26 chicks are known to have fledged on the reserve, up from 15 last year.  They can be seen on the reserve being fed by their parents.  Mum and dad teach them the skills they need to survive and once they learn to feed themselves they will leave their parents and join the 'non breeding flock…

    • 31 Jul 2019
  • Demolition and moves to safeguard all road users on South Stack Lane

    This week at South Stack we have seen skips and demolition equipment arrive on site ready to get to work knocking down the rear of the visitor centre.  Its not as simple as just knocking the building down though.  Before the bulldozers can start work the windows will need to be removed and wiring taken out along with any other items that can be reused or recycled.   

    Members of the team at South Stack met recently with representatives…

    • 16 Jul 2019
  • The New Build begins!

    The team at South Stack have been delighted to see contractors R L Davies & Son Ltd (RLD) start work on the new Visitor Centre development over recent weeks.  Their compound is all setup and a new entrance has been put in place for visitors.  They have begun by stripping out the inside of what was our old office building and the visitor toilets.  Demolition work should begin this week. Sandwiches, drinks and ice…
    • 8 Jul 2019
  • RSPB South Stack building work update

    We’re improving the visitor centre and café at RSPB South Stack. This new development will provide visitors with better facilities, including a stunning ground-to-ceiling view from the café to RSPB South Stack’s dramatic spectacle, as well as a new café seating area and toilets.

    Following consultation with the appointed contractor - R L Davies & Son Ltd (RLD), a new time frame has been…

    • 28 May 2019
  • Spring changes at RSPB South Stack

    Spring is an exciting time of year at South Stack, and many visitors to the nature reserve enjoyed the unusually warm weather during half-term week. Stonechats are starting to hold territory on the heath, choughs are actively renewing their pair bonds, and we’ve seen guillemots and razorbills on the seacliff ledges, though it will be many weeks before they lay eggs.

    We’ve been finishing off the last of the winter…

    • 6 Mar 2019
  • New lease of life for RSPB South Stack

    To walk along the cliffs of RSPB South Stack on a late summer evening provides the release from everyday stresses. The scenes on offer are what photographer’s dreams are made of; a deeply red-coloured sky fading away in the distance, choughs criss-crossing mid-air. Although the nesting seabirds – puffins, razorbills and guillemots - have now left the cliffs there’s still plenty to see. The reserve is now in bloom. The…

    • 30 Aug 2018
  • David Miller - Residential Volunteer at South Stack

    I arrived at South Stack on a dull, wet and windy late Friday afternoon in December and was welcomed by the team here and shown my accommodation, which I have to say is absolutely brilliant, perched up on the cliffs with sea views. It’s a good place to enjoy the wind too, which is part and parcel of the experience here. Rain isn’t unknown either and so acclimatising to and exploring the island at the week-end was challenging…

    • 14 Dec 2015
  • Signs of Spring at South Stack

    The weather is finally warming up and the Spring birds are starting to arrive. Up to five thousand guillemots can often be seen on the cliffs - they have been coming and going since January but won't stay permanently until they start breeding sometime in April.

    Guillemots on the cliff

    Razorbills have also recently arrived but like the guillemots won't stay until they start breeding. A pair of peregrine falcons…

    • 18 Mar 2015
  • What makes an RSPB Volunteer?

    Within the RSPB volunteers are an important part of the day to day running of all aspects of this wonderful charity.  From working on reserves, administration, people engagment to working in the shops and cafes, without volunteers we wouldn't be able to continue giving nature a home.

    Here at RSPB South Stack we recently had an awards ceremony to celebrate the hard work put in by our volunteers over the years, which…

    • 20 Sep 2014
  • All a flutter and wonderful Reptiles at South Stack

    The team here at RSPB South Stack have been enjoying the sunshine and so have the wildlife. Last week an adder slithered up to the visitor centre, a rare treat to see these secretive reptiles up close.

    The adder, Britain’s only venomous snake is quite common throughout the UK and lives in bushy undergrowth which makes seeing one tricky. Although venomous, these snakes are non aggressive only attacking when provoked or…

    • 24 Jul 2014
  • Conservation Grazing at South Stack

    Hi Everyone, For the past few years from September to November we've had a flock of sheep grazing Holyhead Mountain as part of our close shepherding conservation grazing programme. We're excited to announce that this year we've been able to double the amount of grazing and so from mid July to end of November, our flock of Hebridean sheep will graze the mountain as part of our close shepherding project. Our Shepherd…
    • 8 Jul 2014
  • Latest news from South Stack

    We have much to report since our last blog to keep you updated with the latest news from South Stack Cliffs.

    For those of you that have visited us over the last two months, you may have been some of the lucky few to catch a glimpse of our peregrine falcon nest. We were lucky enough to follow the chick’s progress right from hatching to fledging on Thursday 19 June. Both adults and chick are still being seen in the…

    • 4 Jul 2014
  • Stay out late for Big Wild Sleepout

    It was a great start to half term week with both our seabirds for beginners and optics events drawing in the crowds and getting people closer to the wildlife here at RSPB South Stack Cliffs. Guillemots, razorbills, puffins, shags, kittiwakes, and fulmars were some of the wonderful seabirds we learnt about on our seabird walk, and the retail team were helping the public with expert knowledge on the various binoculars…
    • 31 May 2014
  • Optics Weekend RSPB South Stack

    Our Wonderful Ellins Tower with the Lighthouse in the background.

    On the 24th,25th and 26th of May 2014 RSPB South Stack held an optics weekend. This gave members of the public the opportunity to try out a very comprehensive range of RSPB optics. There were RSPB staff on hand to explain the ins and outs of the particular item being tried out.

    We had a full range to offer (without any obligation) were it was possible…

    • 30 May 2014
  • Sea Cadets, Seabirds and Stunning camera shots!

    This Sunday 18 May, RSPB South Stack Cliffs will be attending the Holyhead Sea Cadets event at their base at Newry Beach. We hope the day will bring a great turn out of people visiting the event and supporting the Sea Cadets and local stall holders. RSPB South Stack will be there to tell people about what we are doing to give nature a home and just what you can do to help. Another reminder that the next event…
    • 16 May 2014