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Tal y Bont Bach, Dwyran Llanfairpwll Anglesey Wales
Menai Oysters is situated on the Anglesey side of the Menai Strait in North Wales. The Menai Strait is currently designated a Special Area of Conservation. Strong tidal currents ebb and flow around sandbanks and bring in a steady supply of food to give the shellfish grown here their unique taste. The farm is overlooked by Y Felinhelli to the left, historic Caernarfon castle castle to the right and the majestic Snowdownia National Park for the background. Few places offer such a work environment. Mussel Cultivation. Mussels are cultivated on the intertidal seabed. This method of cultivation offers different benefits to the mussels over other culture methods. Firstly, the exposure to air at low water allows the mussels to build a strong shell and aductor muscle. This effectively gives a robust mussel that is able to tolerate longer periods out of water, which means a longer shelf life and low shell breakage. Secondly, mussels grown on the seabed tend to have more flavour than mussels grown in other ways. | Finally intertidal mussel beds are noted as a very important habitat on the sea shore. These beds not only support marine communities but also terrestrial ones to. Birds are prevalent on mussel beds and there are various species making their home at the farm. Birds such as oystercatchers, heron, egret, plovver,curlew, seagull, cormorant and crow to name a few. The crows have become particulary adept at obtaining food from mussels, by carrying them to the road to drop them and break the shell. Seagulls have tried to copy this but fail to carry them beyond the soft mud before dropping them leaving the mussel intact.
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