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Welsh Wildlife
A wealth of wildlife above and below the water

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You can take part in a range of activities around Wales 

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From education programmes to plastic bag policies, we're working hard for Wales

MCS in Wales
Welsh seas play host to a spectacular array of habitiats and wildlife. They also support the livlihoods of people working in tourism and the fishing industry. 37% of Welsh seas are protected - but in name only. Action must be taken to ensure the seas get the protection they deserve.

Welsh wildlife

75% of the Welsh coastline is recognised as being of both national and European importance. There's plenty of it too becasue Wales has a staggering 2,740 km (1,702 miles) of coastline, including offshore islands, dramatic cliffs, secluded sandy beaches and rock pools to explore. All provide a spectacular backdrop for a range of leisure activities and watersports.

Wales occupies a very unique position. It's on the boundary of three oceanic and climatic zones (North‐east Atlantic, Arctic Boreal, Lusitanian) and has one of the largest tidal ranges in the world! Those factors combine to make the marine wildlife off Wales more diverse than many other places in Europe.

Wales also has heaps of different types of seabed habitat, too, which provide ideal conditions for a huge variety of species. The sea around the country provides the perfect homes for some of our favourite marine wildlife such as seals, dolphins, porpoises, sharks, jellyfish and many more.

Latest news for Wales

Latest news image - MCS disappointed over challenges to Beachwatch figures in Wales
posted - 2014-04-02

MCS disappointed over challenges to Beachwatch figures in Wales

MCS rejects claims that Beachwatch data is misleading and inaccurate. CEO says litter issue must be brought to public’s attention to encourage behaviour change Read more

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Latest news image - Sainsbury`s and M&S joint first in seafood survey
posted - 2014-02-03

Sainsbury`s and M&S joint first in seafood survey

MCS Supermarket Seafood Survey is out and there's mixed news for our leading retailers. Tesco and Asda decline to take part, whilst Sainsbury's join M&S in top spot. Waitrose and Coop also do well       Read more

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Latest news image - Mexican visitor washes up on Carmarthenshire coast
posted - 2014-02-03

Mexican visitor washes up on Carmarthenshire coast

Walker finds a Kemp's ridley turtle on Cefn Sidan beach. MCS urges beach goers to report all sightings. Read more

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Latest news image - Has your local authority banned sky lantern and balloon releases yet?
posted - 2014-02-03

Has your local authority banned sky lantern and balloon releases yet?

Find out here and we'll show you how you can take action as part of our 'Don't Let Go' campaign. Read more

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Latest news image - Changing winds on land and sea
posted - 2013-12-10

Changing winds on land and sea

Government set to cut support for onshore wind and solar energy, but give more backing to offshore wind power. Good news as long as habitat and widlife impacts minimised says MCS Read more

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Latest news image - Focus on fisheries rather than habitats in first action plan for Welsh seas
posted - 2013-11-27

Focus on fisheries rather than habitats in first action plan for Welsh seas

Fisheries depend upon recovery and improvement of degraded species and habitats and those should be the primary focus says MCS  Read more

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