Glannau Aberdaron ac Ynys Enlli/ Aberdaron Coast and Bardsey Island

Site overview: The protected area here is made up of the island of Bardsey (Ynys Enlli) and part of the tip of the Lleyn Peninsula, together with two smaller islands, the Gwylans. The coastline is rocky, with many crags, screes and low cliffs. The site supports a resident population of chough - a type of crow with a red beak and legs. The area is also home to a breeding colony of Manx shearwaters (Puffinus puffinus).

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Protection Area
MPA Purpose
areas of the most important habitat for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and migratory birds within the European Union


52° 45' 13" North,
4° 47' 46" West

Surface Area

339.40 km2
(131.04 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets
  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins)


  • Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax) (Annex I (species))