My Skokholm Marooning

Puffin

Well I’ve been back on the mainland for a few days now so thought I should write something about my travels in Pembrokeshire.  Recently an island called Skomer has got a lot of attention in the press with appearances on Springwatch, slots on the radio and even the news covering mass strandings of juvenile Manx Shearwaters (Welsh news at least…).  So I have obviously not been there at all, instead I spent almost three months on her sister island, Skokholm.

Skomer as seen from Skokholm

Skokholm is smaller, only a mile long and a half wide, and a lot less populated.  During my stay there was one member of staff, myself and one other long term volunteer and a maximum of ten paying guests.  Its this lack of people that is the main attraction of Skokholm, with birds easily outnumbering us and a few species in particular using the island as a breeding colony.  Namely birds like the Puffin, Manx Shearwater, Guillemot, Razorbill and Fulmar (although there are a lot more species breeding, let alone the migrants).  So in the next few weeks I’m going to post little bits about each of these birds.  If you can’t wait go to the Skokholm Blog to see some more.

Grey Seal

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