Autumn Wildlife Watch

Pembrokeshire is home to some incredible wildlife that you have to see, and in Autumn, everything becomes just a little bit more magical. Autumn makes all of the leaves on the trees change from bright greens to warm browns, reds and oranges. This change in colour makes all the views seem completely different. There are so many things for you to spot on your Autumn wildlife watch from Atlantic View. 

What Wildlife Can Be Spotted in Autumn?

Your Autumn holiday at Atlantic View is the perfect time to go on an autumn wildlife watch adventure. There are so many incredible animals and flora and fauna to be found. Try your luck in spotting travelling sea birds, Atlantic Grey seals, dolphins, porpoise and so much more. 

Where Can You Spot Seals? 

During the autumn Atlantic Grey seals will come ashore to give birth to their brilliant white pups. They can be spotted in many different secluded coves and beaches across the Pembrokeshire Coast Path. Take a walk along the coast path and keep your eyes peeled, you never know what you might find. 

Take your binoculars and cameras with you to help you get a good look and capture the moment on your autumn wildlife watch. When watching the seals make sure you don’t get too close. If a mother seal sees you getting close to her pup she will abandon it. 

Where Can You Spot Porpoise? 

Porpoises can be spotted just off the coast of Pembrokeshire all year round. One of the best ways to spot porpoises is from the sea. So why not book a boat trip with Falcon Boats to kick off your autumn wildlife watch, it is just a thirty-minute drive from Atlantic View. The boat trip will also help you spot puffins, shearwaters, dolphins, whales, seals, jellyfish, and much more!

Where Can You Spot Dolphins?

Just like porpoises, dolphins can be spotted all year round but are easiest to spot during the months of June to October. They can be spotted when walking around the Pembrokeshire Coast Path but again are easier to spot out at sea. Take a Dolphin and Whale Voyage with Voyages Of Discovery for your best chance to spot any dolphins. Dolphins are something you just have to see on your autumn wildlife watch. 

Can You Spot sea birds?

Another fun thing to look out for on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path is sea birds. When you go out onto the Pembrokeshire Coast Path make sure you take your binoculars with you to help you get a closer look at the seabirds. There are many seabirds you can spot on the coast such as gannets, peregrine falcons, choughs, shearwaters, ravens, guillemots, razorbills and much more. 

What else can you spot? 

Still looking to see more incredible animals? You’re in the right place! Every year Pembrokeshire is lucky enough to attract incredible creatures. This includes orcas, blue whales, blue sharks, basking sharks, turtles, various colourful jellyfish and Risso’s dolphins. 

 

With all of this incredible wildlife to spot this autumn, it would be a shame to miss out. Make sure you book your Autumn stay with us to go on an autumn wildlife watch of your own. Take a look at our News page on our website and Facebook page for more ideas on what to do for your autumn holiday at Atlantic View. 

summer staycation

This past year has been difficult for everyone; going in and out of lockdown has left many people in a state of stress. We know everyone deserves a break this year to relax and unwind and Pembrokeshire is the perfect place for your summer staycation. There are so many amazing things to see and explore and plenty of places to rest, too! Whether you are an adrenaline junkie, a foodie, or nature lover, we can guarantee there is something for everyone!

Get back into nature.

Atlantic View holiday cottages are in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, which is the only Coastal National Park in the UK. There is an abundance of stunning scenery and plenty of magical places to visit. Getting back into nature on your summer staycation has never been so beautiful or so easy. Head to one of Pembrokeshire’s 39 award-winning beaches for a day in the sun, but don’t forget the sunscreen or the picnic! Not your kind of thing? Take a walk on any of the 186-mile long Pembrokeshire Coast Path to explore the rugged coastline and view the deep turquoise oceans like never before. It doesn’t matter whether the sky is blue and the sun is out or whether the sky is grey and gloomy, it’s always picturesque. 

Taste all of the wonderful food.

Pembrokeshire offers an abundance of freshly made, delicious food, so you better bring some big appetites with you on your summer staycation. Whether you are a fish lover or prefer something sweeter there’s plenty to choose from. Take a trip over to Pointz Castle for some mouth-watering ice cream made on the farm with views over St Bride’s Bay. Visit Café Môr for a delightfully delicious lobster roll and explore the popular beach at Freshwater West with full bellies!

There are also plenty of amazing restaurants with delightful menus dotted around the county offering something everyone will fancy. The Haven Brasserie has a selection of small bites and snacks and big meals to fill you up after a long day of exploring. It’s only ten minutes from Atlantic View holiday cottages too!

Take to the sea.

With so many things to see and do on your summer staycation, you have to make sure you take to the sea. Why not go on a relaxing boat ride to Ramsey Island to take a better look at this fascinating isle just off the coast of St Davids Head? You can even spot a seal or a puffin, too! Not quite your speed? If you are more interested in thrill-seeking, you can have a go at the current hype in watersports, coasteering. What better way to explore the Pembrokeshire coastline? 

There are also plenty of fabulous sandy beaches right on your doorstep (literally – Broad Haven beach is 300 metres away!) at Atlantic View cottages that you can visit for a day out. You can even hire a surfboard or bodyboard from our friends at Haven Sports so you can enjoy the ocean without going too far out! 

Watch the Wildlife.

Our holiday cottages are surrounded by wildlife. There are so many different animals you can see in so many different places. Take to the coast path to watch the seabirds in their natural habitat. Maybe you’ll even spot a seal or two. 

Want to spot a dolphin? Head over to Mwnt, just north of Pembrokeshire in Cardigan Bay for a day full of adventure, as it’s one of the best places to spot dolphins in Pembrokeshire. The best time to spot dolphins is between May and September. For another wildlife-packed day out, visit the Welsh Wildlife Centre. The centre is home to a wide range of wildlife, including their famous water buffalo, and is all ready to explore on your summer staycation. 

Want more information? Read through the rest of our blogs and keep your eyes peeled for new ones, so that you can find more things to do on your Pembrokeshire summer staycation! 

lifeboat station

Here in Pembrokeshire, the only coastal National Park in the UK, we welcome millions of water-loving tourists to our infamous shores every year.  With glorious clifftop cottages, stunning sandy beaches, islands full of rare wildlife on each horizon, and the Irish sea pushing substantial waves towards crowds of eager surfers, you can see why this is such a popular spot for those who love watersports.  Whether you’re bringing your dog to explore some of the 186 miles of coastal path that stretches the length of the county or the kids just want to take the bucket, spade, and some sandwiches and explore the rock pools at your favourite sandy cove, the sea is the biggest draw for our guests at Atlantic View.

But if you’ve been following BBC2’s popular program ‘Saving Lives at Sea’, you’ll know that time spent on the coast means being at the mercy of Mother Nature.  Thankfully, The Royal National Lifeboat Institute has many thousands of lifeboat stations dotted across the UK’s cliffsides, including at Little Haven.

Covering the twin beaches of Little Haven and Broad Haven, this vital lifeboat station started life in a small, sheltered building near the waterway in 1882, just 52 years after Sir William Hillary founded the RNLI in 1824.   Despite a bigger lifeboat station being built in 1903, and a slipway installed on the beach nearby, it was hard to find crew members in such small communities, and the station closed in 1921.

But as watersports grew more popular and tourism began becoming an economic institution in Pembrokeshire, the lifeboat station at Little Haven was reopened in 1967 and named the Little and Broad Haven Lifeboat Station.  It was in this year that the inshore D Class Lifeboat, still a model used by the existing RNLI station, was introduced to Little Haven.  Don’t worry, it’s not a 50+-year-old boat – the Jack & Edith May, a new D Class d-766 lifeboat was installed at Little and Broad Haven lifeboat station in 2014.

lifeboat station

Here in Pembrokeshire, we feel extremely lucky to have the RNLI close by so that we can keep our guests safe and allow us all to enjoy the majesty of the sea.  But our vulnerability to the power of the water and nature itself should not be taken lightly. Our local lifeboat station crew have been presented with four awards for gallantry in recent years, and we should repay those who volunteer to brave dangerous situations to save our lives by showing respect to them and the sea.  As the largest maritime charity in the UK, it is still incredulous that this invaluable service still runs solely on charitable donations.  As well as rescuing on average 23 people per year, the RNLI also provides flood rescue services as well as training and providing equipment to our shoreline’s lifeguards.

We urge visitors to Atlantic View to participate in the plethora of watersports available right on the doorstep, including our very own invention, coasteering.  But we ask that you do so carefully, responsibly, and respectfully.

Here are a few links that can help you to stay safe on the water: