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A Visit to Bardsey  (1950)

Life on Bardsey Island

An early film from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, A Visit to Bardsey provides a glimpse into the habitats and avian life of this small island, located off the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales.

Focusing on the island’s varying habitats, the film features Bardsey’s coastal grasslands, heathlands and shoreline which are home to a plethora of bird life, including warblers and sandpipers.

Featuring Bardsey’s famous 30 metre high lighthouse, the tallest square-towered lighthouse in the UK, the film demonstrates the effect artificial light has on attracting migratory bird species, and the resulting high bird mortality.

A few years after the film’s production, the Bardsey Island Field and Bird Observatory was opened, which is still used today to study and monitor bird migrations.

Copyright holder

Copyright Holder: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Address: RSPB Film Collection
c/o RSPB Film Unit
The Lodge
SG19 2DL
Telephone: +44(0)1767 680551

Film credits

Production Organisation: Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
Bardsey lighthouse - a death trap
Bardsey lighthouse - a death trap
Life on Bardsey Island
Life on Bardsey Island