Cribyn viewed from Pen-y-Fan, the highest mountain in the Brecon Beacons National Park, Powys, Wales, United Kingdom.

Welsh wildlife

Wales is a country full of natural beauty. Much of its landscape is mountainous, from Snowdonia to the northwest, home to the rare and iconic relic of the ice-age the Snowdon lily, to the Brecon Beacons in the south. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Irish Sea to the west, there are 1200km of rugged coastline and over 50 islands with significant colonies of seabirds such as gannets, puffins, kittiwakes, shags and razorbills.

The islands of Skokholm and Skomer are home to more than half the world's population of Manx shearwaters. The impressive array of Welsh habitats continues with valleys, heathland, woodland and farmland, all full of wildlife. Welsh gems to watch out for include dolphins, porpoise and whales out at sea, distinctive red kites and that charismatic crow of wind-swept coastal areas, the chough.

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