Long-term volunteer applications for 2023 are OPEN
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1M ago
Long-Term Volunteers On the 7th of December, applications for long-term volunteering on Skomer during 2023 went live. Our long-term volunteers form an integral part of the island team. Assisting with day-to-day running of the island, and supporting the wardens, visitor officer, and field worker with visitor engagement and wildlife monitoring. Simply put – we could not run without them! Sunset at Garland Stone © Skomer VO We are looking for five motivated individuals, who are passionate about nature conservation in the UK and are willing and able to learn, for the following positions ..read more
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Welsh Wednesday 2022
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3M ago
For a second year, the Skomer team have been participating in Welsh Wednesday. Introduced in 2021, this year we have expanded from "Welsh bird of the week" to "Welsh species of the week". This change has given us the chance to explore more Welsh words and introduce visitors to some of our lesser-known species. We had great feedback on Welsh Wednesday throughout the year and wanted to provide a summary below. Diolch yn fawr to all who have taken part, for even just the week, in 2022. In (Welsh) alphabetical order: Aderyn-drycin y Graig Fulmar chick nestled along a cliff edge in early July ..read more
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Life of a Skomer LTV: July - September
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4M ago
Hello everyone, it’s Lira and Anna here (Jul-Sept LTVs). Our time on Skomer has flown by and with only a few weeks left we thought we’d do a little update blog about what we’ve been up to. It’s been really enjoyable to welcome day visitors onto the island, sharing wildlife sightings during our morning talks and chatting to people at the end of their day. We’ve also assisted with the regular changeovers of hostel guests and volunteers; it’s always a good morning workout getting involved with the ‘chain’ to carry bags up to the top of the steps! Lira working on the landing bench Meanwhi ..read more
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OxNav update: the secret lives of Manxies
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6M ago
Hey everyone! Today’s blog has been written by OxNav, who are a group of student researchers based on Skomer, studying the ecology and navigational strategies of Skomer’s hidden gems, the Manx shearwaters!  For those who may be unfamiliar with Manx shearwaters, or Manxies as we fondly call them, they are a species of Procellariform seabird which spend the majority of their lives out at sea, but return to burrows on islands around the UK, such as Skomer, during their summer breeding season to reunite with partners, lay eggs, and raise their chicks. Skomer Island is home to the world’s larg ..read more
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Introducing Anna and Lira: our new LTVs
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6M ago
Hello everyone and welcome to our first blog! We are the new LTVs (long-term volunteers) Anna and Lira and we are super excited to keep you updated about everything we get up to on the island! Here we are on our first early morning gas run to Martins Haven, Anna (left) and Lira (right). We both arrived early July and will be staying on the island till October - so we will be involved in lots of different tasks, from daily welcome talks to helping out with research around the island. Can’t wait to keep you all updated ? Lira Hi everyone, my name's Lira and I’ll tell you a little bit mo ..read more
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Under the sea: exploring Skomer's marine life
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6M ago
For much of the spring and summer, Skomer is a hive of activity with over a million seabirds filling the cliffs and burrows, many of them busily raising chicks. The sights, smells and sounds of this breeding rush are hard to miss, from puffins diving into burrows with beaks full of sandeels to the cacophony of calls from the cliffside colonies. This abundance of life, however, is only the tip of the iceberg; equally impressive natural wonders reside beneath the waves. Shanny © Becci Jewell Blue jellyfish © Becci Jewell Moon jellyfish © Becci Jewell Dive in and take ..read more
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Burrow walking and biscuit breaks: June on Skomer
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7M ago
Bull Hole, for those who don’t know it, is the largest colony of razorbills and guillemots on Skomer – a seething vertical seabird city that emanates waves of croaky cries and guano aromas – and counting the auks there was my very first task as Seabird Monitoring Volunteer. With my unpacked bags and food for a month stacked at the farm, Ceris gave me a whistle-stop tour of auk counting as the daily 4pm deadline crept closer. She subdivided the cliff into sections and talked me through the boundaries with chat along the lines of “you see the crack in the cliff face that looks like a lightning b ..read more
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Come on your very own island retreat!
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8M ago
Nestled at the very heart of Skomer Island lies an old converted farm building. Those of you who have visited Skomer will be familiar with the courtyard – complete with large picnic benches, and a burrow-free expanse (perfect for games of frisbee!). However, few will have ventured inside the buildings that our staff, volunteers, researchers, and overnight guests call home. Sunset over the Farm © Skomer VO / WTSWW Staying overnight on Skomer is a magical experience – certainly not one to miss out on. At the time of writing, we currently have 2-night and 3-night stays available througho ..read more
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May Mayhem
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8M ago
It’s a glorious sunny morning here on Skomer – mae’n bendigedig. Two wrens are having a sing-off across the farm courtyard, swallows are chattering as they flit in and out of the visitor centre, and Visitor Officer/ Chief Dumper Wrangler Beth is tightening the ratchet straps on the dumper for another hostel changeover. In between finishing my second-last Breeding Bird Survey of the season and setting off to morning boats to meet oncoming visitors, time for a whistlestop update on the month that was… The past fortnight has been dominated by seabird counts. Visitors to the island might have noti ..read more
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Spring has sprung...
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9M ago
It’s a time of firsts over here on the island: first chicks, first wildflowers, and the first days digging out the long-buried suncream! Raven carrying food (in this case, a Manx shearwater) back to the nest © Skomer Volunteer Warden Our earliest breeding birds, ravens, were already building their nests when we returned to Skomer back in March. Now, two months on, adults ferrying food back-and-forth to feed their hungry chicks has become a familiar sight, particularly across North Valley. We’ve also seen signs that some of our smaller passerines may now have chicks, with blackbirds an ..read more
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