Skokholm – June 2014 and 2015, July 2016

Skokholm is an island 2.5 miles off the south-west Pembrokeshire coast of Wales, It is one mile long, half a mile wide, and lies south of the larger island of Skomer.

In 1933, Skokholm was functioning as the first bird observatory in Britain. Founded by Ronald Lockley, its prime function was the ringing of wild birds of resident, visiting or migrating species and research. The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, who had been managing the island for the previous 50 years, bought it from the Dale Castle Estate in April 2006.

Skokholm was designated a national nature reserve in December 2008.

Visits to Skokholm are via prior arrangement with the Wildlife Trust, which allows for self-catering stays of three, four or seven nights.

The Wardens produce a daily blog of life on Skokholm –

Gannet flying overhead
Reed Bunting
Wren singing on bracken
Puffin and Puffling
Puffins fighting
Young Wheatear perched on rock
Fulmar in flight
Meadow pipit perched on bracken, singing
Puffin landing with sandeels
Puffin preening
Herring Gull attacking Puffin
Puffin in grass
Herring Gull attacking Lesser Black-backed Gull
Wren singing on top of bracken
Puffin coming in to land
Black-backed Gulls
Razorbill and chick