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Marine conservation

Spectacular coastline, islands and marine wildlife were key reasons for the Pembrokeshire Coast being designated as a National Park in 1952. It’s the only truly coastal National Park in the UK.

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Much of the wildlife which calls the Pembrokeshire Coast home is rare or threatened across Europe. Lying between cooler northern waters and warmer southern seas, Pembrokeshire’s inshore area is well suited to support a diverse range of resident and migratory wildlife.

Although the National Park includes coast and islands, the Park boundaries end at Mean Low Water Mark. So the National Park Authority’s influence is very limited in inshore waters, which means that we cannot directly change many of the issues which affect marine wildlife.

But the sea has a huge influence on the Park’s special qualities and people’s enjoyment of them. This is, in effect, a maritime National Park. So the Authority works with a whole range of people to keep the coast special - and to help you get out there and enjoy it!

Find out more from the links below…
Take a look at this 15 minute underwater journey from the upper reaches of the Daugleddau out to the offshore islands. It’s been produced for the Relevant Authorities Group of the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation by Marine Seen.

Meet some of the wildlife in the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation (video)

Check out the Dolphin Coast video from the Sea Trust – a section of the Wildlife Trust South and West Wales.