Tuesday, 26 June 2012


Tuesday of last week Steve Sutcliffe and his team of Ringers arrived on Skokholm to ring Puffins. Wendy, Richard, Renate, John and Caroline all set to the task. Helped by Jerry (warden) Will and Theresa ( volunteers on the Island) We ringed 57 Puffins. The teamwork was great and we all enjoyed the beautiful sunny day on the Island. Visitors watched the ringing with interest. 
I enjoyed visiting the cottage now furnished and with pictures in place. It all looked great. The weather has not been kind to visitors this season with quite a few trips cancelled due to bad weather. The Island ponds are all full which is unusual at this time of year this  might bring some interesting migrants in the autumn.
 The visitors who did make it were all falling in love with the Island which is not surprising. 

Deliveries and work parties are due to start again in August for the next lot of refurbishment mainly dealing with improving the water supply. More news to come as the work gets underway. 

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Prestigious Volunteer Award goes to the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer


We have won the Volunteer of the year award in the "groups' category. Sponsored by Wildlife Trust we were chosen out of some 150 contestants for this national Welsh award. Sam, Shirely, Steve and I attended the award ceremony at Cardiff Castle yesterday. We were joined by Sarah Kessel (CEO) and Lizzy Wilberforce, we all enjoyed the ceremony and especially the tea and cakes afterwards. You may have problems recognising some of our party due to the unusual formal suits they found in their wardrobes, a far cry from work-party and Island attire. This award is well deserved by all the volunteers who have given so much and with such enthusiasm to the Islands.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Some Ringing Recoveries from Skokholm - one of them is amazing.

A Willow Warbler retrapped on Skokholm on 16th April 2011 was ringed at Portland Bill on 23rd April 2010 - so it was on its second northern migration and typically heading north west and potentially heading to Ireland or Scotland.

Another Willow Warbler retrapped on Skokholm on 20th April 2010 was ringed at Aros Moss, Strathclyde on 2nd May 2010 and probably breeding there and on its way back there.

A Reed Warbler retrapped on 26th September 2011 was ringed as a young bird in Mecklenburg-Vorpommen, Germany on 25th August 1281 km from Skokholm.  Its only the eight  retrap/recovery from Germany (there have also been four from Poland) but it was almost in Denmark.  Presumably it got its autumn migration completely wrong.  Have alook at Google maps and see just where it came from.

Friday, 8 June 2012

Fancy helping out on Skokholm?

Skokholm Island is currently undergoing a renovations project which has had massive input from The Friends of Skokholm and Skomer.
If you would like to leave your mark on the island - read on.

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Volunteers needed.......

When: 18 August - End Septemeber. Six to Eight people per week.
How long for? Minimum a week (Saturday to Saturday).

People with specialist skills (electrical, plumbing, etc.) are of particular interest but anybody with good general fitness and DIY skills are very welcome.
Cooks are also highly sought after to keep the work parties working at full strength.

Previous workparties can be read about on the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer Blog:
The Last Spring 2012 Skokholm Work-party

Who to contact if interested?

Please email Steve Sutcliffe  on stevesutcliffe@lineone.net.
I Would recommend getting in touch soon if interested.

Work Plan

Builders on the island in the first week replacing kitchen and wardens roof and doing the top of the jetty. Vols to move materials and put down concrete tank bases etc.

 Internal work in wardens rooms (and perhaps the kitchen)

Garage roof to complete.

Digging in the pipework for the water system - currently trying to get a mini digger sorted.

Water tanks to erect and pipework to connect. Plumber installing solar panels and water system to kitchen.

UV System and controls to install - electrician hopefully.

Possible waste pipes to install in trenches for future waste water from bedrooms etc.

Heligoland traps to build
This is the cottage on Skokholm
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