Thursday, 10 March 2016

Accolade for Skomer nature reserve

THE Wildlife Trust’s #SkomerIsland – less than a mile off the #Pembrokeshire coast – has been voted the UK’s favourite nature reserve by readers of LandLove magazine, whose awards aim to celebrate the best things about the British countryside

Dr Lizzie Wilberforce, conservation manager for The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, said: ‘Skomer is internationally important for its seabird populations, and without a doubt it is the best place to see seabirds in southern Britain. It is a privilege to care for a nature reserve which is so very important, and to know that the island’s wildlife makes such a profound impression on our many visitors.’

Skomer Island has an abundance of wildlife, including 21,000 puffins, 23,000 guillemots, 7,000 razorbills, plus harbour porpoises, Atlantic grey seals, and world’s largest population of Manx shearwaters. The island is covered in a carpet of Bluebells during the spring, while a shade of pink is added by swathes of Campion.

Gina Gavigan, marketing and development manager comments: ‘It’s an amazing place to visit and stay for a unique wildlife adventure. The island attracts a variety of visitors including wildlife enthusiasts, photographers, and walkers. Proceeds raised by visitors and overnight guests support our vital research and conservation work.’

The island will be open to visitors this year from March 25 until October. Trust members get a free landing on Skomer and priority booking on overnight stays. 01239 621600/e-mail:

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