Penrhos Coastal Park Threatened by Speculators
by Mrs H Paterson-Jones
Penrhos Nature Park at Holyhead is threatened by development company Land & Lakes, who wish to fence off a large part of it and turn it into a gated Holiday
Park and Leisure Complex.
This will entail significant development and construction works including the destruction of large chunks of established woodland, the habitat of a huge range of flora and fauna.
The development will also entail fencing-off large areas, permanently denying access to the general public to a facility that they have walked, roamed, explored and enjoyed at their leisure for generations.
Whilst it is accepted by most people that Anglesey's tourist industry needs to be developed in order to help support the area economically, the part of the development proposed for the Penrhos Nature Park and associated woodlands should not be placed in that location but re-sited elsewhere on the island where it will not have the same devastating impact.
WHAT IT IS and WHY IT IS IMPORTANT
Penrhos Country Park (also known as Penrhos Coastal Park/ Penrhos Nature Reserve, map reference SH2781) is a 200 acre country park near Holyhead on the Island of Anglesey.
It is adjacent to the A55, on the Anglesey Coastal Path and also adjoins Beddmanarch Bay. It has been open for public use and enjoyment for over 40 years and is a very popular place for visits from locals and tourists alike.
The park, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) forms part of the Anglesey Coastal Path Network and the National Cycle Track Routes 5 & 8.
Parts of the wooded areas were created in the early 1800s with 15,000 broad-leaved trees. It has many rare plants that should be protected. It boasts a stunning coastline along with woodland paths meandering past pools and follies.
It is home to a huge variety of flora & fauna ranging from humble fungi, through badgers, bats and foxes, to domestic & migratory birds including divers, grebes, sea ducks, gulls, terns, auks, a large cormorant colony, pipits, warblers, chats and buntings.
Rarities have included Red-necked Phalarope, Mediterranean and Glaucous gulls, Golden Oriole; Black Redstart, and Yellow Browed Warbler.The List goes on.
The area has been part of an AONB since 1967 with the sandbanks and mudflats of the Beddmanarch Bay being part of the Beddmanarch & Cymyran Site of Special Scientific Interest(SSSI).
In 2009 Anglesey gained Global and European Geopark status because of its unique geology while the Gorsedd-y-Penrhyn headland within the park being designated as a Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Site (UKRIGS)
If we lose Penrhos Nature Reserve it would be Travesty.....for our future generations.....on Anglesey, in Wales and the rest of Britain.
Please stand up to the developers!
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