A busy harbour with an excellent range of birds to see
CONSTRUCTED IN THREE stages between 1847 and 1873, the longest breakwater in Great Britain provides a large, sheltered water with terminals and docks, used by the ferry services to Dun Laoghaire and Dublin in the Irish Republic. The remains of the Caer Gybi fort here, and the nearby medieval church of St Cybi, provide an ideal habitat in autumn and early winter for the occasional Black Redstart (pictured right). The impressive range of scarce migrants recorded includes Hoopoe, Wryneck, Isabelline and Red-backed Shrike, Firecrest, Barred, Dusky, Yellow-browed and Hume’s Warblers, Rosecoloured Starling, Lapland and Ortolan Buntings. During your visit, head for the now roofless former brickshed in the country park, for reproductions of Charles Tunnicliffe’s bird paintings.