Wales Area 10: Ramsey Island/Ynys Dewi, Pembrokeshire

CHERISH Project Wales Area 10 Ramsey and St Davids

Lying only some 700 metres west of mainland Pembrokeshire across a treacherous stretch of water known as Ramsey Sound, the slopes of Ramsey bear evidence of human settlement dating back some 4,000 years. In legend Ramsey is the burial place of 20,000 saints; today it is a bird reserve managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB). The sea cliffs and grassy hill are home to a rich variety of wildlife, from major seabird colonies of guillemots and razorbills, kittiwake and fulmars, to deer and the largest colony of Atlantic grey seals in southern Britain. The central part of the island is vulnerable to coastal erosion, while prehistoric field systems survive on its two rocky peaks. The archaeology and ‘palaeoenvironmental history of Ramsey Island will be investigated during the CHERISH Project as well as key sites on the adjoining mainland, working closely with the RSPB.