AN eminent geo-scientist and an MP have expressed their "outrage and shock" at the destruction caused by bulldozers to a globally significant Anglesey beach.

Two weeks ago, the Chronicle reported that the boulder-strewn Lleiniog beach, which is an SSI - an area of Special Scientific Interest - and a RIGS - a Regionally Important Geological Site, for its historical, archaeological and geological features, and which was bulldozed by Anglesey County Council highways department as part of flood alleviation work.

The rocks and boulders on the beach are studied by scientists and academics worldwide as they provide important evidence of the Ice Age and contain other important historical and archaeological features.

Now, Dr Margaret Wood, an authority on the island's geology, and who established its UNESCO world heritage GeoMon/GeoPark status, has written to the Chief Executive of Anglesey County Gwynne Jones Council, and the First Minister, calling for action.

"I am absolutely outraged by what has happened. Shocked by what has happened." She said.

"Many of the large and small erratics, boulders derived naturally from the ice, travelled from as far away as Glasgow and Ireland, during the Ice Age have been dumped with important features lost.

"There was also a very important submerged forest deposit formed 8-12000 years ago.

Dr Wood, who wrote the book Footsteps Through Time" is calling for urgent reparation work .

She was a monitoring and regional geologist for nine years at the Countryside Council for Wales, now Natural Resources Wales and also monitored and wrote management plans, including Lleiniog.

"GeoMon brings students to the site. Now we will have to explain what was there and the problems this devastation has caused. I am calling for reparation and an urgent meeting at the site."

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: “Our Enforcement Team is investigating potential breaches of the marine licence conditions at Lleiniog beach. We cannot comment further as this is part of an ongoing investigation.”

Albert Owen, the island's Labour MP, also added:

"It is pure vandalism of our heritage and the County Council has responded poorly. I feel the they are simply managing decline and lack a vision for the Island in social and economic terms and Lleiniog demonstrates that it is blind to our heritage."

Anglesey County Councillor and Seirol ward councillor Carwyn E Jones said:

"I have contacted the Highways Department regarding the work at Lleiniog. Whilst tackling flooding on the Penmon road was the purpose and much needed, the confusion and uncertainty locally is why the works needed to extend about 200 yards along the beach front, which is in a sensitive area. We must now also wait to see what the response is from Natural Resources Wales and the Welsh Government. I am eager to find out exactly what the licence granted by Natural Resources Wales covered in terms of the work and also in terms of restrictions, risk management and control measures.

"I have also asked for the County Council to discuss this at a meeting of the Llangoed and Penmon Community Council."