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.