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Ramsey Island

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Location  St Brides Bay
Highest elevation  136 m (446 ft)
County  Pembrokeshire
Elevation  136 m
Length  3.2 km (1.99 mi)
Highest point  Carnllundain
Population  2
Island group  British Isles
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Similar  Whitesands Bay, Skomer, St Brides Bay, Chapel of St Non, St Davids Bishops Palace

Ramsey Island (Welsh: Ynys Dewi) is an island about 1 km off the coast of the St David's peninsula in Pembrokeshire on the northern side of St Brides Bay, in southwest Wales. It is 640 acres (259.00 hectares) in area.


Map of Ramsey Island, Haverfordwest, UK

In Welsh the island is named after Saint David (Dewi Sant), the patron saint of Wales. It was the home of his confessor, Saint Justinian. The nearest town, strictly a city, is St David's.

Ramsey Island is less than 3.2 km (2 mi) long and its highest point is 136 metres (446 ft) above sea level at Carnllundain, and is listed as a HuMP. It is the fourth largest island in Wales, after Anglesey, Holy Island and Skomer.

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The island has a diverse geology for a relatively small area; it comprises sedimentary, volcanic and intrusive igneous rocks dating from the early Palaeozoic Era. The larger part of the north of the island is formed from mudstones of the Tetragraptus Mudstone Formation (also known as the 'Penmaen Dewi Shale Formation' and again as the 'Road Uchaf Formation' (sic) after the Rhod Uchaf locality on the island's east coast). However Carnysgubor stands proud to their west as it is formed from a more resistant microtonalite intrusion. In contrast the coastal cliffs between Trwyn-drain-du and Trwyn-Sion-Owen and also between Trwyn Ogof Hen and Rhod Uchaf are formed by sedimentary rocks, the mica-rich Lingula Flags and the sandstones and mudstones of the Ogof Hen Formation. The rock strata are typically steeply tilted and commonly faulted.

Running NW–SE across the centre of the island from Aber Mawr to the vicinity of The Bitches is a band of late Arenig age tuffs and 'pencil slates' assigned to the Abermawr Formation. Its boundary with the sediments to the north is a fault.

The south of the island is dominated by a rhyolite intrusion as are the islets off its southern coast. To the west of the Ramsey Fault which runs from Aber Mawr to Porth Lleuog, is Carnllundain which is formed from the tough rhyolitic tuffs of the Carn Llundain Formation. These tuffs arose as volcanic ash falls, ash flows and turbidite deposits. Smaller areas of dark grey mudstones interbedded with debris flows grouped together as the Porth Llauog Formation occur around the margins of the rhyolite. Part of the southern margin of the inlet of Aber Mawr is characterised by the mudstones and sandstones of the Trwyn Llundain Formation, a part of the Solva Group of Cambrian rocks.

Ramsey SoundEdit

The waters around the island have significant tidal effects, and tidal waterfalls occur between The Bitches. The asymmetrical underwater flow can be 3.8 m/s (12.5 ft/s) northward (flood) and 1.9 m/s (6.2 ft/s) southward (ebb), with some turbulence. The sound reaches some 66 metres (217 feet) deep, although a tidal island called Horse Rock protrudes from the water at low tide.

A 400 kW tidal power turbine project was planned from 2014 and the first turbine of three was installed in December 2015.

Nature ReserveEdit

Owned and managed by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), the island has spectacular bird cliffs, coastal scenery and heathland. Ramsey has the most important grey seal breeding colony in southern Britain, with over 400 seal pups born each autumn. It is one of the best sites in Wales to see choughs, which are attracted by an ample supply of dung beetles.

Other breeding species include ravens, common buzzards, peregrines, northern wheatears, gulls, auks, Manx shearwaters, razorbills and guillemots.

With a permanent population of just two human residents, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Warden and Assistant Warden who live in a farmhouse there, the island is otherwise uninhabited. Tourist boats sail around the island and a ferry service run by Thousand Islands Expeditions operates from Easter-31 October from Saint Justinian's RNLI lifeboat station on the mainland.

Ramsey Island is surrounded by a number of smaller islands, islets and rock clusters, including:

  • Bancyn-ffald
  • The Bitches tidal race
  • The Bishops and Clerks group, including:
  • Carreg Rhoson and Maen Rhoson
  • Carreg-trai
  • Cribog
  • Daufraich and Maen Daufraich
  • Emsger or South Bishop (37 metres, 121 feet)
  • Llechau-isaf and Llechau-uchaf
  • Moelyn
  • North Bishop (44 metres, 144 feet)
  • Carreg-gwylan
  • Meini Duon (Black Rocks)
  • The Bitches
  • Trwynmynachdy
  • Ynys Bery (71 metres, 233 feet)
  • Ynys Cantwr (tidal island; 54 metres, 177 feet)
  • Ynys Eilun and Pont yr Eilun
  • Ynys Gwelltog (Grassy Island; 56 metres, 184 feet)
  • References

    Ramsey Island Wikipedia

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