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Wales: Nature and Wildlife

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In regards to nature, what Wales lacks in large mammals, it more than makes up for in stunning scenery and landscapes.  Smaller mammals like hedgehogs, moles, hares, badgers and otters are very common.  As an island nation, the waters around Wales are teeming with marine life including dolphins and orcas, depending on the time of year.  In fact, the seas around Wales are among the most biologically productive in the world.

There are three national parks in Wales that protect approximately 20% of the country.  One of the most well known of the parks is Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.  Established in 1952, it is the only UK park to be designated completely because of its coast.  The park is home to many rare birds and its waters host the likes of Atlantic grey seals, dolphins and porpoises.  Within this one protected area are seven special areas of conservation, a marine nature reserve, six national nature reserves and seventy-five sites of specific scientific interest.

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