Puffin Island: A birdwatcher’s paradise

Posted by Katy Peck on 30 April 2019
Related property: Henllys
Puffin Island: A birdwatcher’s paradise

Henllys is part of the Holiday Property Bond portfolio offering exclusive access to over 1,400 properties to its 42,000 investors across more than 30 locations. You can find out more about Henllys here, but first some important information about the Holiday Property Bond. It is designed to provide holidays for life but it is an investment product so subject to charges, your capital is at risk and you may not be able to cash in during the first two years. For further details please read "How HPB Works"

Known in Welsh as Ynys Seiriol, Puffin Island is an uninhabited island in the Menai Strait and the ninth largest island on the Welsh coast. Privately owned by the Baron Hill estate, it has an area of just 69 acres, making it an unspoilt sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of the mainland.

In the 6th Century, Puffin Island was the site of a monastery established by St Seriol – it is said he even retired here once he reached old age and was eventually buried on the island. The monastery existed here as late as 1188 and the remains of several religious buildings can still be seen today. These include the ruins of a 12th Century church, of which only the central tower and the foundations of the nave remain. In addition, an old semaphore telegraph station was also located on the island, although it fell into ruin when electrical transmissions became the main method of communication. There is also a shipwreck; a steamship called The Pioneer, which ran ashore in 1878 while carrying a cargo of iron bars.

Today the island is a Special Protection Area and bird sanctuary. Thanks to the strong current surrounding the island, the waters are usually teaming with marine life, making it a great habitat for almost a dozen kinds of seabird, including several rare species. Currently, groups conducting research on the island include The SCAN ringing group, The University of Liverpool, The University of Roehampton, Bangor University and the RSPB. A trip here is a real treat for any keen birdwatcher!

Firstly, Puffin island is home to a huge colony of Great Cormorants. The group currently contains over 750 pairs, making it one of the largest colonies in the British Isles.

The Puffins which give the island its name all arrive to breed at the same time. Having spent the winter months at sea between the coasts of North America and Western Europe, the distinctive birds usually arrive on the island's shores during early May. The puffins only remain for a short while, usually leaving again by mid-August, so try and visit during June or July for the best chance of spotting them.

During the late 19th Century, the Brown Rat was accidentally introduced to the island and reduced the puffin population to only a handful of pairs. Thankfully, a programme to control the rat’s numbers was introduced in 1998 and today they seem to be almost eradicated. As a result, the puffin population has shown a huge improvement. These charming and popular little birds lay eggs in the cracks between rocks on the cliffs and feed by diving underwater to catch small fish.

Another interesting bird to look out for on the island is the Herring Gull, which is of major concern to conservationists. The Herring Gull is currently one of the UK’s most threatened seabirds, with their numbers declining by as much as 50% over the last 50 years. However, they seem to have found a sanctuary here.

Other birds frequently spotted on the island include Common Elder and Black Guillemot, Razorbills, Shag and Kittiwake. Fulmar and Elder duck also use the site as a breeding ground and the island is home to Atlantic grey seals throughout the year. If you’re really lucky, you might even encounter porpoise and dolphins in the surrounding waters!

People are not allowed to step foot on the island without permission, but the best way to see the birds is to join one of the summer boat trips. These run regularly from Beaumaris Pier, just a five minute drive from Henllys. The boat trips are available between Easter and October through the below providers:

As well as enjoying the wildlife and history of the island, these boat trips are a great way to appreciate the beauty of the area, from the peaks of Snowdonia, to beautiful views of Penmon Lighthouse and Beaumaris Castle. Simply sit back, relax and enjoy this unique viewpoint… there’s really no better way to spend a sunny morning!

Once you're back on dry land, our Henllys property is the perfect place to unwind. With fantastic views, a wealth of facilities (including pool and golf course) and 93 apartments and cottages, it’s ideal for recharging those batteries.

Find out more about staying at Henllys, or any of our other properties.

Katy Peck

Katy Peck

How can I find out more?

The Holiday Property Bond could do as much for your quality of life as it has done for many thousands of families who have already invested. That's why we invite you to get in touch with us in any of these 3 ways and please don't forget our unique 'Money back promise' and 'interest free loan' options.

Close

We're so confident you'll be delighted with HPB
that we offer you a 'Money Back Promise'!

In regular surveys, Bondholders tell us how happy they are with HPB holidays. That's why we feel confident in giving you the extra reassurance of our unprecedented 'Money Back Promise':

If you take your first HPB holiday within three years of investing and are not, for any reason, entirely happy, you can apply to cash in your HPB investment within 14 days of your return. Whatever the encashment value, the parent company of the issuer of HPB will make up any difference so that you get back the full amount of your original payment, including charges.

This offer applies to a holiday at any HPB owned property which is taken by at least one of the Bondholders themselves.

Full details of the offer will be provided before you invest.

Request our brochure Speak to a representative Explore one of our UK sites

Please request our fully illustrated holiday property brochure

Please read "How HPB works" and then we will be delighted to send you our brochure, including our property portfolio, and your FREE copy of the May BOND Magazine. See the beautiful holiday homes and magnificent locations where you can spend your holidays as a Bondholder and learn how impressed Bondholders have been by our handling of the problems caused by coronavirus.

Please complete and submit the form or, alternatively, telephone our FREE brochure request line on 0800 230 0391

Request a brochure
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address  
Postcode *  
Telephone number
How did you hear about us?

We will use the details you provide above to send you our detailed HPB brochure and keep you updated about HPB holiday offers.

SUBMIT SUBMIT
* Indicates required fields
HPB’s holiday booking service has been rated 4.7 out of 5 based on 4763 customer reviews on Feefo.

You can speak to one of our representatives

Your local HPB representative will be happy to call or video call you at a convenient time for an informal chat. Simply fill in your details and we'll do the rest.

Most of our representatives are Bondholders themselves and all have visited a number of Bond sites.

The representative will give you all the information you need and then leave you to make up your own mind. He or she will talk to you about your holiday requirements and what level of investment is needed to secure the kind of holidays you want.

Video chat now available with a local representative
Title *  
First Name *  
Surname *  
Email address  
Telephone number *  
Post code
iBy giving us your post code we can find a representative near you.
How should we contact you? *  
How did you hear about us?
Your message

One of our representatives will contact you using the information above.

SUBMIT SUBMIT
* Indicates required fields

See our stunning holiday properties for yourself

Attending a Private Tour at an HPB holiday location is an enjoyable way to see what HPB has to offer.

You will be free to look around the site, view the properties and see the high standards of furnishings and facilities you could enjoy with HPB. A representative will be on hand should you have any questions.

BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR

This advertisement is issued by HPB Management Limited ("HPBM") registered at HPB House, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EH. HPBM is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and is the main UK agent and the property manager for HPB, issued by HPB Assurance Limited ("HPBA") registered in the Isle of Man and authorised by the Financial Services Authority there. The Trustee of HPB is HSBC Trustee (C.I.) Limited registered at HSBC House, Esplanade, St Helier, Jersey, JE1 1GT. The Securities Manager is Stanhope Capital LLP of 35 Portman Square, London, W1H 6LR.

Holders of policies issued by HPBA will not be protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme if the company becomes unable to meet its liabilities to them but Isle of Man compensation arrangements apply to new policies. No medical examination required. HPB is available exclusively through HPBM who will only charge for their services if you invest. HPBM promotes only HPB and is not independent of HPBA.