Research Trip to Skomer Island: Puffins August 11, 2022
Skomer Island is a national nature reserve off the coast of Pembrokeshire, renowned for its birdlife, and ancient settlement remains. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area. I’ve wanted to visit it for a long time as there is so much to see in this special place. For a tiny island – at only 1.5 x 2 miles – it packs a big punch!
Half the world’s population of Manx shearwaters nest on Skomer and of course it is famous for its Atlantic puffin colony. There are razorbills, gannets and fulmars as well. There was also the possibility of seeing dolphins, harbour porpoises and Atlantic grey seals and I was keeping my fingers crossed for the Skomer Vole – unique to the island.
Skomer is a place of great archaeological significance too and much of the island has been designated an ancient monument because of its stone circles, standing stones and the remains of prehistoric dwellings.