I was lucky enough to access the beautiful coastal path that leads to the Elegug (Welsh for Guillemot) Stacks or Stack Rocks where some of the largest colonies of  Guillemots can be found.  From around May  - July the coast is taken over by these beautiful birds, and the rocks that rise steeply from the sea provide and ideal nesting spot for the parents and their chicks. With black faces, beaks and beady eyes and a bright white belly, they look like miniture penguins as they perch precariously on the cliff edge, but there's also something elegant and sleek in their appearence.

You can check out the video of my trip here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJO5zc3C3Z


What is really special about the birds in this area is their remarkable recovery from the Sea Empress oil spill whch happened now 20 years ago in 1996. At the time, 730,000 tonnes of oil was spilled into the sea, damaging creatures in the water and on the coast. Around 1,100 guillemots were pulled from the ocean, covered in oil and suffereing badly. Many more died in the coming weeks however in the twently years that followed the initial clean -up operation the population seems to have been bouncing back with 16,000 birds covering the rocks in the area where I was fiming.


Among the rowdy group of guillemots were razorbills - the national bird of Pembrokeshire - some jackdaws, hungry gulls and a few choughs. Butterflies came later in the day landing on the wildflowers, grasshoppers were singing in the heat and the usual snails and slugs were quietly going about their day.



As the sun set over the sea, shadows slowly creeping up over the rocks where the crowds of birds were relentlessly diving and calling, jostling and feeding -  I couldn't help feel that this may be one of the most special places I've ever been.


Published by Kirsty Grant