Friday, 2 September 2016

Shearwater week continues!

Shearwater Week: The Manx Shearwater Experience is continuing on Skomer. This sold out event is bringing 5 groups out for 2 nights each to enjoy the world class wildlife experience that is the Manx Shearwater fledging season. 

As well as a couple of late nights getting out on the island to see first hand Shearwaters stretching their wings and departing on their epic journey to the coast of Argentina, the participants also get to find out what the groundbreaking research is uncovering about these amazing birds. As well as illustrative talks, they also get to be 'hands on' with the birds.

Younger and older participants alike were in awe of the birds, the dedication of the researchers and how close they were able to come to these wild creatures.

Keep an eye out on the WTSWW website for details of other events running this year on both Skokholm and Skomer, and keep your eyes peeled for next years events! 

 OXNav Group researcher Sarah briefs the group on how to weigh a Shearwater chick

Surprises popped up over the two days including 2 Wrynecks, an Icterine Warbler, a GS Woodpecker (a real rarity for Skomer), dozens of Common Dolphin, a sunfish and the opportunity to see some swallow chicks being ringed.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

A Gannet

A few months ago Martin Lockley visited Pembrokeshire and Skokholm again and on his way home to America called in at Hay on Wye - a regular pilgrimage for an avid map and book collector.  This time he bumped into a taxidermist who was selling a gannet and he bought it and donated it to Skokholm.

It now sits in the library on the island.  We don't know where it came from originally and it may migrate to the lighthouse where there is more space but just maybe its a Grassholm gannet.

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Skokholm Inspired Art

ob•serve – colours of an island

An exhibition of new work by artist Linda Norris.

The Tower, Oriel y Parc, St Davids, Pembrokeshire

2nd July – 31st August • 9.30–4.30 daily

The work in this exhibition is rooted in a study of the landscape, colours and wildlife of Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire, which Linda Norris undertook as Artist in Residence on the island in 2015. The exhibition shows the process by which the artist examined observation as the root of scientific and artistic enquiry and adopted scientific methodologies to collect and analyse colour in the landscape.

This project was funded by the Arts Council of Wales with support from Dale Sailing Co., Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wildlife Trust South and West Wales, and the wardens of Skokholm Island.

More details at