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Pensarn Beach

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Grid Reference: SH 942786.

This vegetated shingle ridge is backed by a narrow strip of fixed sand and shingle, supporting dune grassland. The site lies northwest of Abergele and is separated from the A55 and Chester to Holyhead railway by a small caravan park. In 1977, part of the beach was designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), in recognition of it being the best example of a vegetated shingle bank in the county and for its particularly rich flora. Several plant species rare in North Wales, such as sea kale, ray’s knotgrass and sea radish can be found on the shingle ridge.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) has a management plan available with details of plant and animal species recorded at this site. It also includes a list of operations likely to damage the special interest, for which NRW must first be consulted to give consent. At the main point of access, there is an interpretation panel about the importance of this shingle bank and illustrating some of the plant species to be found.

A pleasant stroll can be had along the promenade which is also suitable for wheelchair users. For a longer walk follow the North Wales Path which runs parallel to the beach and extends along the coast both to the east and west. Alternatively bring a bike and make use of the cycle track which forms part of the North Wales Cycle Network running along the coast from Pensarn to Rhos on Sea. Facilities situated along the promenade include toilets and a seasonal café.

Good News!

For the last 4 years ringed plovers have successfully raised chicks and the success we think is largely down to raising awareness of the plovers being on the shingle. The eggs are laid amongst the stones with no nest and it makes the birds very vulnerable between May and August. Walkers are their four legged friends are the biggest threat to the plover’s breeding success.

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