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About Ramsey Island

Thrift growing on cliff edge, RSPB Ramsey Island reserve

Image: Ben Hall

This dramatic offshore island has cliffs up to 120 m high, the perfect place for breeding seabirds in spring and early summer. Walk along the coastal heathland and enjoy the spectacular views.

The island is awash with colour from May to September, with bluebells, then pink thrift and purple heather. You might see choughs and peregrines nesting on the cliffs. And if you visit in the autumn, you can watch a colony of breeding grey seals. There is a small shop on the island and refreshments are available.

Opening times

The reserve is open every day, from 1 April or Easter (whichever is earlier) to 31 October, between 10 am and 4 pm. For the rest of the year, during the winter, the reserve is closed.

Entrance charges

Return boat crossing: adults £11, children £5.50. Landing: RSPB members and Friends of Ramsey Free. Non-member adults £6, children £3, concessions £4, under 5’s Free

What can I do?

Ramsey Island is home to a wealth of wildlife. Please help us safeguard this spectacular island reserve by donating and becoming a Friend of Ramsey.

Keeping rats and mice away

Ramsey Island is now free of rats and mice, which means that ground-nesting birds like wheatears and burrow-nesting seabirds like Manx shearwaters can breed safely.

It is of paramount importance that we do not allow the reintroduction of rats, or allow mice to colonise this internationally important seabird island.

For this reason we ask that all our visitors observe some simple measures to help minimise the risks.

  • If you are bringing a picnic with you please ensure that food is packaged securely before boarding the Gower Ranger and that you do not leave items unattended at St Justinians
  • Rucksacks are ideal for transporting food to and from the island, but any sturdy bag is suitable, providing it closes tightly with adjustable straps or functioning zips
  • Disposable carrier bags should only be used as a last resort. If you do have to use an open plastic bag be sure to check the contents before and after boarding the boat for the crossing to Ramsey.

Thanks for your help!

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How you can help

Ramsey Island is home to a wealth of wildlife. Please help us safeguard this spectacular island reserve by donating and becoming a Friend of Ramsey.

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Where is it?

  • Lat/lng: 51.86456,-5.33335
  • Grid reference: SM706237
  • Nearest town: St David's, Pembrokeshire
  • County: Pembrokeshire
  • Country: Wales

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Note: Some reserves are not served directly by public transport and, in these cases, a nearby destination (from which you may need to walk or take a taxi or ferry) may be offered.