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Conservation on the Llyn Peninsula and Cardigan Bay

The Llyn Peninsula is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty and one would assume that the protection of the environment is assured through the various government, commercial and charitable agencies in force. However the Llyn is subject to commercial pressures in the same way as any other community in the UK and with the growth of tourism brings the threat of gradual deterioration of the natural environment. Historically beneath the surface a number of people have worked to preserve the beauty of the Llyn and, with out their efforts, the Llyn Peninsula may well now have resembled the resorts of Rhyl and Llandudno.

The Llyn Peninsula has traditionally been a place for families to visit. Peaceful and tranquil but with enough activities to keep everyone occupied during the holiday periods. Many of us as children were brought by our parents to the Llyn and we then brought our children to enjoy the natural beauty of the landscape, fauna and wildlife. The resort of Abersoch (the Welsh Riviera), during the summer months, is now seen as a vibrant center for watersports and night life whilst the other popular villages, and the surrounding areas, of Aberdaron, Tudweiliog and Morfa Nefyn offer a more relaxed chilled out break with walkers attracted by the coastal path throughout the year.

There are over 600 self catering accommodation units, 155 licenced caravan sites on the Llyn Peninsula (Dwyfor) and over 100 more that are Caravan Club and Caravan & Camping Club listed. Camping and Caravaning are a valuable source of income for the Llyn and provide the means for many people to experience the beauty of the Llyn Peninsula. To ensure the visual beauty of the Llyn Peninsula is enhanced it is important that appropriate landscaping is planted in and around sites and the local Planning Authority is working with the site owners to make this happen.

Aber Geirch from Nefyn Golf Course
Aber Geirch from Nefyn Golf Course

Llyn Peninsula ANOB Map

In 1956, a large part of the Llyn Peninsula was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.

Click here to find out more about
the Llyn Peninsula AONB

whistling sands
Porth Oer - Whistling Sands

Coastal Path
Sunset above Porth Oer

Hells Mouth
Porth Neigwl - Hells Mouth


Whilst a number of statutory and commercial agencies are working to protect the environment the task is enormous. It is sometimes difficult at ground level to see the gradual changes that have occurred over the past 10 years and it is important to visualise what could happen if these changes were to continue. There has been little public transparency of the changes and perhaps you may consider this should change to help us all see the impact of our actions.

The environment is about the people and for the people. The Welsh language is at the heart of the Llyn Peninsula with over 85% of the local population being Welsh speakers and the number of Welsh learners continues to grow. You may see Welsh Cottages and houses whose name has been changed from a traditional Welsh name to an English name, walls not built using traditional methods, urban fencing and Spanish type looking villas that all could be considered to detract from the historical natural beauty of the Llyn Peninsula which is adorned with small fishing villages, traditional stone cottages & farm houses and traditional Chapels & Churches.

So how can you help? The Llyn Penisula is a tourism based economy and thrives on accommodation providers including the caravan sites which are an essential part of the economy. The local Llyn people warmly welcome visitors to the area and we understand the great majority are as concerned for the envirnoment as we are. Why not join CPRW (The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales) or SAC (Sustainable Abersoch Cynaliadwr). SAC organise a number of walking and environment events where you will meet like minded people whilst CPRW are actively involved in monitoring the environment. Or perhaps you could send suggestions to improve the area in which you are staying to CPRW. Perhaps you live on the Llyn and would like to be actively involved in coordinating or participating in environmental projects.

It is the responsibility of us all to respect the environment and contribute to its well being. Ignorance could mean the end of the Llyn Peninsula as it is today. If you are concerned about the Llyn Peninsula and would like some assistance on how you could help then why not contact us today.

Bardsey from Mynydd Cilan
Bardsey from Mynydd Cilan
Porth Dinllaen
Porth Dinllaen
Old Hut on Uwchmynydd
Llyn Peninsula from Uwchmynydd
Looking over the Llyn Peninsula from Uwchmynydd

Campain for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW)

The Charity which values the distinctiveness of all Welsh landscapes and the identity of its rural communities. www.cprw.org.uk/

Sustainable Abersoch Cynaliadwy

Sustainable Abersoch Cynaliadwy (SAC) is a local community group of volunteers trying to make Abersoch a better place to live.

Organised walks and talks on the Llyn Peninsula


Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau Special Area of Conservation (SAC)

Here you can learn about Pen Llyn a’r Sarnau: where it is, why it’s being protected, why it’s such a special place and lots more! You can also learn how you may be able to help, from little changes in your everyday life, keeping a record of some of the things that you see from day to day, or how about joining in at one of our events.

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Our work is driven by a passionate belief that we all have a responsibility to protect birds and the environment. Bird populations reflect the health of the planet on which our future depends. http://www.rspb.org.uk/
North Wales Wildlife Trust

The North Wales Wildlife Trust is one of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK and one of 6 Welsh Wildlife Trusts.
We are a registered charity, dependent on donations and the support of our members.
We believe that, with your help, we can do much to protect the wildlife that remains and improve habitats for the wildlife of North Wales.

The Ramblers Association A British registered charity which promotes rambling, protects rights of way, campaigns for access to open country and defends the countryside.
Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) The Countryside Council for Wales is the government agency responsible for nature conservation in Wales. It was previously part of two seperate bodies, the Nature Conservancy Council, and the Countryside Commission, but changed in 1991. The Countryside Council for Wales is in charge of designating SSSIs and NNRs, and other functions including advising the government and undertaking research. It administers environmental grants.

Llyn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (ANOB)


In 1956, a large part of the Llyn Peninsula was designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty under the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949.

The primary purpose of the AONB designation is to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the area, which includes protecting flora, fauna and geological as well as landscape features. The landscape has also been shaped by man, and it is paramount that archaeological, historic remains and architectural features are also protected.

Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation
Cardigan Bay is home to an amazingly rich variety of marine animals and plants, the rare and ever playful bottlenose dolphin being just one of them.

Together with the valuable habitats on which they rely, this makes the Bay an outstanding and internationally important marine environment.

In recognition of its importance, parts of the Bay have been selected as Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) - a European designation that will help to ensure that the area and its wildlife are safeguarded for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations.

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