The Talacre sand dunes form the backdrop to the beach at Point of Ayr, in Flintshire, North Wales. Located next to the Point of Ayr Nature Reserve the dunes are themselves an Area of Special Scientific Interest.
During the daylight hours the wide open beaches and the sand dunes are a
favourite hot spot for sun-loving holiday makers, but by night they are
home to one of Wales' rarest creatures. Natterjack toads are limited to
this one small site near the Dee Estuary.
Natterjacks became extinct in Wales during the 1960’s possibly due to
the over- development of caravan parks and, although Talacre is a
popular spot with holidaymakers, the species was successfully
reintroduced to the dunes early in the 21st Century.