This site is of special interest for its
marine habitats, plants and geology. This site has other habitats
that contribute to the special interest. These include dense scrub,
woodland and maritime cliff communities.
Managing this site
The site is owned by Pembrokeshire County Council, National
Trust, Crown Estate, MoD and a number of private individuals. The
special features of this SSSI and CCW’s views about site management
have been summarised in a Site Management Statement, addressed to
the owners and managers of the land. The statement can be found in
the resource section below.
Access is restricted to the Pembrokeshire Coast Path National
Trail crossing a large length of the site. For detailed maps and
information regarding access visit our access map via the resource
The site forms part of Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries/ Bae
Caerfyrddin ac Aberoedd Special Area of Conservation. The Welsh
name is Dinbych-y-pysgod and means ‘little fort of the fish’ with
din ‘fort’ and bych(an) ‘little’; the addition of y pysgod ‘the
fish’ registers its distinction as a fishing port. The change of
initial D- > T- is a common phenomenon and Anglicization was
responsible for the change –bych > -bigh. St Catherine’s Island
is named after a chapel dedicated to the saint.