Monday, 12 June 2017

That cheque

The text without the picture didn't make a lot of sense - so here is the picture.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Valero support their volunteer staff on Skokholm

Valero who run the only remaining refinery in Pembrokeshire have a scheme whereby their staff are encouraged to help on volunteer projects  in the county and John Hayes, one of their longest serving employees has spent three weeks on the island helping with the maintenance tasks and notably has painted the very top of the lighthouse bringing into play his working at heights and safety training and using the latest rope techniques to work in such situations.  His time on the island has also encouraged the refinery to make a donation towards the work which will potentially pay for the next lot of paint on the eastern side of the building - which is also going to be challenging.

Will James who is PR assistant at the refinery recently presented a cheque for £200 to the Friends to Steve Sutcliffe who has organised the work parties there - the huge cheque is sadly not legal tender (wouldn’t it be great to try and bank one that size) but the Friends bank account has already safely secured the funds.  

Valero have helped a great deal over the years of the refurbishment supplying all the batteries and the solar panels for the electrical work and also supporting the Observatory set up with funding support.  Its been a long term relationship between the refinery during its many guises as Texaco, Chevron and Valero)  with both the islands - they built the boat trailer on Skomer over 30 years ago and its still going strong, they helped install the first water supply system on Skomer with a lot of pumping equipment and installation help and supplied the boat access ladder in North Haven Skomer when the running mooring for the island boat was in use - the ladder is still there and in good condition but its not used at the moment.

The support for the islands from local industry in Pembrokeshire has been brilliant over many years - its often just a question of asking at the right time and once again they have come up trumps.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Biosecurity Update

The Wildlife Trust has asked us to publicise the Biosecurity measures for visits to Skokholm and Skomer again - a sort of annual reminder before the visiting season starts.

Its quite simple - PLEASE make sure that all your bags and boxes are securely packed before you set out for the islands and that everything is well sealed so that rodents cannot possibly gain access before you arrive at Martin Haven  or indeed if you leave your bags and boxes on the rocks or beach for even a few moments.

We appreciate that the risk is quite small but the consequences of a (possible pregnant) rat gaining access to the islands is HUGE.  If you notice someone's baggage is not secure please ask them to check it before they set out as otherwise they could be asked to empty it on the boat or when they get to the island.

Thanks to all who take this responsibility seriously - it is a serious issue.

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Skokholm on ITV

On Tuesday 7 February 2017, Skokholm will be featured on:

Tales from the Coast with Robson Green

From the ITV Press Centre...

"On Skokholm Island, Robson spends 24-hours living and working with its only human permanent inhabitants, wildlife wardens Giselle Eagle and Richard Brown, a couple who look after an incredible array of seabirds, including the largest concentration of Manx Shearwaters in the world.

On island life, Richard said: “It’s not for everyone, but a life living somewhere so beautiful, 100 mile-per-hour winds and you hear it screaming outside, and just seeing how life survives in those sorts of conditions.”