Skomer Photo Diary

29 August 2021

 A month back I visited Skomer Island for the first time. It started with a long journey down to Pembrokeshire, my first night camping and keeping our fingers crossed for good weather for the next day as the Skomker boat had been cancelled the day before due to bad weather. Luckily the next day we woke up to sunny weather and a calm breeze and a message to say that our boat trip was still going ahead! 

Skomer Island is located a mile off the Pembrokeshire Coast, it's known for its puffins that choose this special island as their nest/breeding site during spring and summer. Not only is the island known for its puffins but for Manx shearwaters, grey seals, razorbills, short-eared owls and much more. We arrived at Lockley Lodge Visitor Centre in the morning, awaiting our boat to arrive at the dock. Once it had arrived we boarded the boat and set off towards Skomer Island. Now, I have to admit I am not the biggest fan of boats and was rather apprehensive as I stepped onto the boat. However, there was something really peaceful about this boat journey, my anxiety was pushed aside as I was mesmerised by the beauty of the Pembrokeshire Coast.

Unfortunately, we had visited the Island a little too late to see all of the puffins on the island. They return to their nesting sites at the beginning of April and tend to leave the island at the end of July. By the time we had visited there were pretty much no puffins left on Skomer. However, despite that, we did see plenty of them out on the sea as we were on our boat trip and once we reached the island there were a few sat upon the ledges of the island rock faces. 

We walked around the entire island which was surrounded by so much beauty. The views out to sea were just magnificent and we even spotted a few grey seals! Swallows were spotted circling around the farm house, many butterflies were basking in the sunshine, rabbits were hiding amongst the vegetation and oystercatchers were searching for food along the rockpools.

I hope to visit Skomer Island again when the puffins are nesting on the island!

Land on Skomer boat trip 

Skomer Island 

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