Anglesey with its spectacular coastline has a huge variety of habitats: - cliffs, coastal heath, sand dunes, and estuaries, rocky and sandy shores, with the Menai Strait separating the island from the mainland. Anglesey is rich with broadleaf woodland and conifer forests, lowland heath and with over 60 lakes, and some of Britain’s most important wetlands, it’s great for bird watching and home to some of our rarest mammals: (the red squirrel, water vole and otter).
Menter Môn is dedicated to conserving Anglesey’s biodiversity. Many thousands of people come to Anglesey to enjoy the scenery and nature and we believe that the best way to protect wildlife is to make it a part of the attraction for visitors and rural tourism.
You can see here some of our biodiversity and natural environment projects with the Otter and Red Squirrel projects beginning in the 90’s. Red squirrels have disappeared from most of Wales, but are established and increasing on Anglesey and we have helped re-establish the otter in the excellent habitats of the Islands Rivers and wetlands. The Anglesey wetlands are also haven for Britain’s fastest declining mammal, the water vole; we are improving its habitat and protecting it against its predator the American mink.
Working with our local communities, we have established six Local Nature Reserves - with more in the pipeline. These Nature Reserves provide open spaces rich in wildlife for local people and visitors to enjoy. Local schools use them as an educational resource - especially the primary schools. Anglesey is one of Britain’s most important geological sites, with many different rock types - the oldest being over 600 million years old. (Pre-Cambrian) rocks that were formed as life itself was beginning to evolve on Earth. Menter Mon supports GeoMôn, Anglesey’s geopark.
Our natural environment projects are supported by funds from: Europe, the Countryside Council for Wales, the Environment Agency Wales, the Forestry Commission Wales and GrantScape, and the Esmé Kirby Snowdonia Trust. We also work in partnership with voluntary organisations such as the North Wales Wildlife Trust and the Friends of the Anglesey Red Squirrels.