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The Sarnau of Cardigan Bay
Bottlenose dolphins use Aberystwyth harbour
Overall, this study revealed that Aberystwyth provides an area of considerable interest to bottlenose dolphins and may also provide an important nursery area to mothers with calves.
Within Cardigan Bay, much effort has focussed on researching bottlenose dolphins in the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC) around New Quay. It is increasingly apparent however, that this species ranges much further than the boundaries of the SAC and that the current protective designations for them and the habitats which they rely upon are limited. As such, recent research efforts aim to investigate how bottlenose dolphins use other parts of Cardigan Bay in the hope that this will inform debate regarding the improvement and potential expansion of the current protective designations.