Puffin Island and Trwyn Du Lighthouse with the Great Orme and Llandudno's West Shore on the distant horizon.
It is an uninhabited island off the eastern tip of Anglesey, Wales and is privately owned. Landing is not allowed without special permission and it is designated as a Special Protection Area, due to the Great Cormorant colony of over 750 pairs, making it one of the largest colonies in the British Isles. It also has good numbers of Guillemot, Razorbill, Shag and Kittiwake.
The Puffins from which the island gets its modern English name bred in considerable numbers at one time, with up to 2,000 pairs recorded. Sadly the Brown Rat was introduced accidentally to the island, probably in the late 19th century, and reduced this population to a few pairs. A programme of poisoning the rats started in 1998 by the Countryside Council for Wales and the Puffin population has shown an increase since that date.