The Friends of Skokholm and Skomer

are a group of people who are enthusiastic and passionate about the Islands. We have some hundreds of members from all over Britain and a few from abroad . Mostly we are people who have visited the Islands and want to keep in touch with what is happening.

We support the Islands mainly through donations and volunteering. We organise work-parties, usually in the spring and autumn to maintain and repair the buildings, hides or anything else that needs doing.

The Friends is run by a committee of people who keep the membership in touch, organise the work parties as well as the annual reunion. The reunion takes place in February usually near Cheltenham. About a hundred people meet up for an update on Island matters by the wardens as well as presentations about other islands. The opportunity to meet up with old friends over a good lunch makes for an enjoyable day.

We produce a small newsletter twice a year. We also keep in touch through email and hopefully through this blog in future. This blog is complementary to the Skomer and Skokholm official blogs and is aimed at the membership of the Friends. We welcome contributions of your experiences, pictures and stories of your visits to the Island.

The Friends of Skokholm and Skomer was founded in 1981 by John Lewis and Steve Sutcliffe, initially to give visitors more insight into how the Islands worked, and to keep people in touch. Work-parties to support the Islands were started. Over the years we have continued this tradition and in recent years promoted and managed the renovation work of the buildings on Skokholm and are now developing an Archives project.

Click here to join us!

For more information on the islands of Skokholm and Skomer click here to visit the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales website

There are still a few copies left of this treasure trove of recipes

"a big warm culinary hug"

"beautiful delicious and encapsulates the Work Party Team spirit"

Thyme and Tide is a 114 page hardback cookery book by Shirley Matthews, one of several volunteer cooks, based on the meals served to the work party members on Skokholm Island. It includes over 60 recipes, including those for the desserts served at the Friends of Skokholm and Skomer Reunion Meetings over the past few years and two sections of recipes prepared for special occasions on the island. The recipes are for large groups, but can easily be adapted for lower numbers. The book includes information about the restoration project on the island and a number of photographs.

The book is being sold for £20.00 plus £3.75 post and packing for 1 copy, and £3.90 for 2 copies, to raise funds for the Friends and also the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales – all profits will be paid to the Friends.

Orders to be sent to Shirley Matthews via email