AN APPEAL for witnesses has been launched after off-road motorbikes and quad bikes were driven along a protected site.

North Wales Police are investigating the incidents which took place at Talacre beach, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

According to National Resources Wales, SSSI's are the most important sites for Wales’ natural heritage.

They are highly protected to safeguard the range, quality and variety of habitats, species and geological features in all parts of Wales.

Talacre beach is home to a number of rare species of plants and animals including the Natterjack Toad.

Police officers say that the site has recently been used by people riding motorbikes and quad bikes along the sand dunes.

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As a result, an appeal for witnesses has been launched.

PCSO Mat Griffiths of NWP's North Flintshire team said: "North Wales Police are appealing for witnesses and information in relation to off road motorbikes / quad bikes riding on Talacre beach and within the dunes. 

"This area is a SSSI location home to a number of wildlife species.

"If anyone does have information please contact 101 or contact myself PCSO Mat Griffiths on 07989158379."