Thursday, 11 December 2014
You will have received your booking form with your Islands News this week. If you haven't received it yet, it may be worth checking that your membership hasn't lapsed, and that the WTSWW have your current address if you have moved since the last time you received one. If you are receiving this update and haven't officially joined the Friends (click here to find out how), now is the time, and you can then book in to join us on this fun and interesting day...
(Draft agenda, subject to change)
10.30am Arrival, tea and coffee
11am Welcome by Renate Thome, chair
11.05am Update from Sarah Kessell, CEO WTSWW
11.15am Skomer Year by Jason, Skomer Assistant Warden
11.45am Skokholm Year by Giselle and Richard, Skokholm Wardens
12:45pm Delicious buffet lunch
2.10pm Manx Shearwater Navigation by Ollie Padget, Oxford University
2.40pm Guillemot Social Behaviour by Elspeth Kenny, Sheffield University
3pm Archive Project by Steve Sutcliffe and Carol Collins
3.50pm Summing up by Tim Healing
4pm Tea and cakes
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014
All of you should by now have received your newsletters. If you are reading this and it has not arrived please get in touch so we can make sure you are on our list. Reunion on the 15th February don't forget to book.
Today I want to tell you about the training day we had on Tuesday for the Skokholm Archive project. Anna Sutcliffe arranged the day with the National Library of Wales and the People's Collection an organisation which has an archive of pictures relating to the history of Wales. They came to train some 14 people to learn to scan pictures and slides and to upload them on their website. This offers the Archive project a lot of possibilities for storing some of our pictures and for creating stories and collections relating to Skokholm. Admire the deep concentration of the trainees learning new skills.
and check out the website for yourselves from this link
Monday, 3 November 2014
The Marsh award for Local Ornithology
we would like to offer you our warmest congratulations on winning the Marsh Award for Local Ornithology.
Your contributions to ornithology are exceptional and have been recognised by the judging panel as outstanding. therefore we have pleasure in enclosing a cheque in the sum of £1,000 to spend in any way you desire.
We enjoy discovering more anbout the dedicated work and invaluable contributions that our Award winners have made and would be delighted to hear from you in the future.
With best wishes
Brian Marsh OBE
We are discussing how to use the money to best effect and given the current archive project considering a number of options including an annual photographic competition of activities on the island (rather than pics of birds!) which may then also be part of the historic archive in the future. More on this later.
Saturday, 1 November 2014
Monday, 4 August 2014
Monday, 28 July 2014
Following on from our blog of 1st May which helped to get volunteers for digitising the bird logs on Skokholm early in the season, we are now after volunteers for weeks in the second half of September – the weeks beginning Monday 15th, Friday 19th or Monday 22nd. The work needs to be done in pairs and for this period we have one volunteer available but need at least one other person to work with him. It helps if you have some knowledge of birds and familiarity with Excel, but other than that the work is not difficult – it just requires attention to detail. On the plus side, accommodation on Skokholm is free (courtesy of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales) and we can offer some recompense of travel expenses (courtesy of Environment Wales), so the main outlay for any volunteer would be the food for self-catering whilst on the island.
Saturday, 24 May 2014
Monday, 12 May 2014
John Lewis's second book about Skokholm tells of the various influences in the island's development from the ice age to the present day. He tells how the Vikings, the birds, the Alice Williams, R.M.Lockley and finally the Island Work Parties have all left their mark, making the island what it is today.
150 page paperback, illustrated with over ninety photographs and illustrations, most of them in colour, showing the island's past and present. More recent scenes are of the new developments and the various individuals who have participated in the work parties.
Available from the island shop price £12.99.
Profits go to the island development fund.
Also available from the author at :- Copse Green, Elmstone Hardwicke, Cheltenham GL51 9TB. Please add £1.50 for P&P
Friday, 9 May 2014
Thursday, 8 May 2014
There is an online petition going - please sign it and pass on to your contacts - it just might make a difference.
Thursday, 1 May 2014
This means we can start immediately and since there are some spaces during May we would particularly welcome anyone who could spend a week on the island (Monday to Monday) this month. The work is done in pairs and each team needs some knowledge of birds and familiarity with Excel, so if you are interested please could you get in touch asap with Phil Blatcher (firstname.lastname@example.org 01992 441024) who is co-ordinating the work on the bird logs, to let him know which week you could do, as well as giving him some idea of your expertise with birds and Excel.
Thursday, 10 April 2014
The Wildlife Trust has developed a package of actions designed to minimise the potential threats and one of these is specific to overnight guests but should also be observed by anyone visiting the islands. They are very simple so PLEASE observe them when visiting:-
All food items, and preferably all bags, must be packed and sealed on the mainland before transportation to the islands. You will be asked by Lockley Lodge staff to confirm this and may be asked to re-pack items which are in open carrier bags - just avoid Tesco's immediately before your visit!!
Putting food into sealed and roped boxes will help a lot as it makes them easy to handle as well as bio secure.
Enjoy your visits this year - the seabirds are just about back now and its warming up now.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
It was almost dark when we got to the island and very dark by the time Richard and Giselle got everything up to the Observatory although we took quite a lot back to Neyland when the sea got too rough to hang around longer. they have started their daily blog already (go to http://skokholm.blogspot.co.uk/) and will update this virtually every day through the season.
The damage on the island after the incredible winter storms seems to be minimal although there is guttering scattered around, rather than on, the buildings. It must say something for the recent refurbishment works if it all survived some of the fiercest and prolonged winter storms this last 100 years.
The Skomer wardens, Ed and Bee, are hoping to get back onto the island later this week once their boat is repaired and no doubt will post something on the Skomer blog when they return. Ed has recently posted some graphic details of the huge seabird wreck which is mainly centred in the Bay of Biscay but has also seen a few hundred dead birds in Pembrokeshire. We already know that Skomer birds have been affected - nearly 15,000 dead puffins counted 10 days ago included three Skomer birds carrying geolocators (from just 20 birds fitted with them) so we are hoping the overall population is not too badly affected.
Watch http://www.skomerisland.blogspot.co.uk/ for more information on this.
Monday, 3 March 2014
This new book by Friends co-founder John Lewis tells of the island's history from the ice age until the present day. Illustrated with over ninety illustrations and photographs, mostly in colour. Group photographs of work parties and island scenes.
150 pages paperback.
Price £12.99 plus £1.50 P&P
Available from the author at:-
Sunday, 2 March 2014
Anyone who can help can they please get in touch directly with the wardens on :-
email@example.com or try a phone call on 07971 114302
Thursday, 23 January 2014