• The Terns on Ynysoedd y Moelrhoniaid/The Skerries

     Laura Kudelska site manager at South stack.  During lock-down non-essential work on our reserves which included a lot of our conservation work stopped.  At South stack we have livestock sheep and cattle who graze our fields and the heathland so myself and the site warden Den remained in work.  Checking the sheep every day, along with organising seasonal activities such as sheep shearing. 

    The RSPB manage a number of sites…

    • 27 May 2020
  • Life at South Stack during COVID blog 1

    From 25th March 2020 our Warden Denise at South Stack has been alone on the hill.  She lives on site and is responsible for our livestock, check out her blog for information about our magnificent beast, it is called 'South stack woollies'. For thousands of years people have grazed livestock around this area creating what we see today.  All the plants, insects and even birds rely on the area being grazed.  If we stopped…
    • 28 Apr 2020
  • Silver studded blue 5 star housing

     Heathland as we know it only occurs in North west Europe and is one of our most threatened habitats, other types of heath do occur in North america ,Canada, Russia, Scandinavia, South Africa and Australia. It is well known that heathland is a predominately man made habitat, it has been manipulated by humans in some way going back over 5000 years with most heaths having traces of human use, with a little help later from…

    • 28 Apr 2020
  • Wonderful wildlife at South Stack on TV

    Celebrating the Wales Coast Path

     Lift your spirits during this time with a TV tour of the Welsh coast and South Stack! Presenter Sean Fletcher visited  South Stack last year to meet our warden Denise and shepherd Pete and to hear about life on the reserve. You can watch the show 'Wonders of the Coast Path', a six-part series, broadcast in Wales from Monday 27th April at 8.30pm. It will be shown elsewhere in the country…

    • 22 Apr 2020
  • South stack woollies

    Since the lock down life for all of us has changed dramatically but life on the reserve continues and my day to day job although now limited does still have some essential work. Around now it would usually be the start of my survey and monitoring season, this has all been cancelled for the year, however as I live on site I am able to keep an eye on how the wildlife on the reserve is doing as I carry out my essential work…

    • 21 Apr 2020
  • Diweddariad Morlais


    Oeddech chi’n gwybod bod gwybodaeth newydd wedi cael ei hychwanegu at y cais cynllunio a’r drwydded forol ar gyfer prosiect Morlais? Mae Gwybodaeth Amgylcheddol bellach ar gyfer cais y Ddeddf Trafnidiaeth a Gweithfeydd ar gael ar wefan yr Arolygiaeth Gynllunio yma. Mae Menter Môn hefyd wedi cyflwyno'r un wybodaeth ar gyfer y cais am drwydded forol ar gofrestr gyhoeddus Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru ym…

    • 16 Apr 2020
  • Update on Morlais

    Did you know that new information has been added to the planning application and marine licence for the Morlais project? Further Environmental Information for the Transport and Works Act (TWA) application is on the Planning Inspectorate's website here. Menter Môn has also submitted the same information for the marine licence application, on the NRW public register here.

    We are in the process of reviewing the…

    • 15 Apr 2020
  • Miss seeing the Chough at South Stack - here's an update from our Warden's garden

     Good numbers of chough visit our Warden's garden at South Stack daily feeding on oats and sunflower seeds, these are the mousetrap pair on the table, there has been up to 10 sometimes but so far they have avoided the camera.


     The 1 year olds seem to have their own gang and it's lovely to see amongst them 3 local birds, 1 from the mountain site, 1 from The Range and 1 from Porth Dafarch. First year mortality can be…

    • 6 Apr 2020
  • Our reserves

     Yn dilyn cyfarwyddiadau clir y llywodraeth i ni aros yn ein cartrefi heblaw am nifer bychan iawn o weithgareddau, rydym yn cau ein gwarchodfeydd i ymwelwyr. Am y rheswm yma, rydym yn gofyn i chi yn garedig i beidio ag ymweld â gwarchodfeydd y RSPB.

    Mae hyn yn golygu cau ein meysydd parcio, toiledau, llefydd chwarae, cuddfannau, canolfannau ymwelwyr, caffis a siopau i’r cyhoedd. Rydym nawr yn ymdrechu i helpu miliynau…

    • 2 Apr 2020
  • Gwneud lle ar gyfer natur ar Y Range

    Mae Comin Penrhosfeilw – neu Y Range – yn rhan o warchodfa natur RSPB Ynys Lawd. Rydym ni’n prydlesu’r tir gan Gyngor Sir Ynys Môn, a’n swyddogaeth ni fel ceidwaid yw ei reoli a’i warchod yn y ffordd orau a mwyaf cynaliadwy ar gyfer bywyd gwyllt. Ers y 18fed ganrif, mae oddeutu 80% o rostiroedd Prydain wedi cael eu colli drwy ddatblygiadau modern, drwy welliannau amaethyddol a drwy gael eu hanwybyddu. Felly, mae rhostir…

    • 1 Apr 2020
  • Making space for nature on The Range

    Penrhosfeilw Common – also known as The Range – is part of RSPB South Stack Cliffs nature reserve. We lease the land from Isle of Anglesey County Council and our role as custodians is to manage and care for it in the best, most sustainable way for wildlife. Since the 18th century, about 80% of Britain’s heathlands have been lost through development, agricultural improvements and abandonment. This means heathland like…

    • 1 Apr 2020
  • 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