A Sunny Walk On The Great Orme, Llandudno, North Wales

View of Llandudno

The Great Orme stretches out into the sea beyound our home town.

It was planned as an admin day but with clear blue sky, sunshine and a flat calm sea that was going to be difficult. Our window has a stunning view which can be a distraction. A Peregrine Falcon tore across the cobalt blue sky over Llandudno, making two spectacular stoops at feral pigeons – missing both times, then a Raven soared over the roof tops, it was as if the birds were saying “come on, come out”. It was too much, time to enjoy the very unseasonal February weather and head for the Great Orme.

We are so lucky here living here in Llandudno, in North Wales; we have the beautiful headland of the Great Orme right on our doorstep, a limestone headland with lots of birds.

Black Guillemot

Black Guillemots are now a fairly regular sight off the Great Orme.

Scope and bins grabbed, it was only a few minutes’ walk to the seafront and the Great Orme. The bay and pier at Llandudno looked stunning in the sunshine and sea mirrored the blue sky. Scanning the pier legs Turnstones were feeding on the barnacle encrusted structure. Just offshore a lovely breeding-plumaged Black Guillemot was on the millpond-like sea. More scanning with the Leica telescope revealed more birds offshore, three Red-throated Divers, Common Guillemots, Shags and Cormorants.

Fulmars 1

Fulmars show really well along the Marine Drive here.

Walking around the headland, Fulmars were on the cliff ledges just above the scenic Marine drive, chuckling away to one another. These stiff-winged seabirds flew low and fast but always seemed to have trouble landing. Raucous calls drew attention to a wonderful Peregrine Falcon high on the cliff in the sunshine, always a thrill to see this powerful bird of prey. Again the Leica telescope allowed pin-sharp views including those powerful yellow legs. A Rock Pipit performed its display flight over the rocky shore below the Marine Drive – nice to look down on one in flight.

The Great Orme is a wonderful place to watch Atlantic grey seals.

Further around the headland a shingle beach was covered in Atlantic grey seals! Twenty-two of these large mammals were hauled out relaxing on the inaccessible beach, a wide variety of colours on show here from almost black, through grey, brown to beige. While watching the seals a Chough swept along the cliffs above calling “cheeow” repeatedly – wonderful bird.

So good to have all these birds, wildlife and beautiful scenery just a few minutes from the front door here in Llandudno.

We would love you to join us on our Birdwatching Trips please email us here to book your tour or for more information….


We look forward to sharing amazing birds and wildlife with you soon!

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