Thursday, 8 October 2009

Perfect Autumn days

Skomer has had a fabulous few weeks of crisp, quiet autumn days. The island is beautiful at this time of year lit by low sunshine through dramatic cloud formations. The views across to the red sandstone of Skokholm and Marloes Sands is stunning in the evening when the light strikes the red cliffs, they glow! Sunrise and sunsets have been dramatic, (and easy to see now the days are shorter!!) this is my favourite time of year on the island.

As well as taking in all this dramatic scenery there has been plenty of birds to look for, a Hen Harrier is seen most days, duck numbers are starting to build up, we have a few Blue Tits resident and one Great Tit - these are quite exciting for us, we don't see them for most of the year! The last trickle of Wheatears are passing through and there have been some dramatic passages of Swallows.

We have been able to complete much of the annual vegetation monitoring with the help of the residential volunteers.

Bookings opened this week for volunteering and overnight stays. It is very popular and spaces fill up very quickly, if you would like to come and stay on the island either as a guest or volunteer then please look at the information on our website and get in touch soon so that you are not disappointed.

To celebrate the amazing Wildlife and landscapes we have here in Wales, we are running a brilliant photo competition. The theme is Welsh Nature and photos can be seascapes, wildlife or landscapes. The competition is sponsored by Celtic Vision of Narberth and the prize is a whopping £500 of camera kit!

Entries need to be in by October 23rd and they will all be displayed at the Welsh Wildlife Centre from October 25th, so even if you don't enter yourself you can come and look at everyone else's stunning photos. Find out more and get an entry form at

Jo Milborrow

Skomer Warden

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