Sea mammals: Bottlenose dolphins are regularly seen by walkers on the Wales Coast Path

There’s a huge variety of wildlife on the Wales Coast Path

Walkers on the Wales Coast Path are certain to see a wealth of wildlife almost every day. It’s one of the delights of the journey.

That’s because the Welsh coast hosts a huge range of habitats from miles-long beaches, vast dune systems, tidal estuaries, mudflats and saltmarshes to heather and gorse-clad moorland, coastal heath, raised bogs, reedbeds, skerries and offshore islands. And all of them support not just huge numbers of wild plants, animals and insects but also some real rarities that you’re unlikely to see elsewhere. Every day brings something new.

Protected habitats

What’s more, these natural riches are recognised nationally and internationally. In the course of its 870 miles, the Wales Coast Path runs through 1 Marine Nature Reserve, 1 Geopark, 2 National Parks, 3 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 3 World Heritage Sites, 7 nudist beaches, 11 National Nature Reserves, 14 Heritage Coasts, 17 Special Protection Areas, 21 Special Areas of Conservation, 23 Historic Landscapes, 42 Blue Flag beaches, and 111 marine Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Large stretches of coast are also managed and protected by Wildlife Trusts, the RSPB and the National Trust. Wales really is a special place.

What to look out for along each section of the Wales Coast Path