Monday, 23 March 2015

Building Work on Skomer

As some might remember from last year - our slip way was damaged by the 2013/14 winter storms. When we came back to the island in March 2014 a huge hole in our slip way greeted us. This was remedied quickly but the cause for the hole was only discovered during the repair works: The sea wall had been undercut and the wave action had "sucked out" the concrete and gravel.

Now, one year later, Chris Ward's team is back to repair our sea wall. Last week the repairs began and it was quite exciting to watch the unloading of diggers and other equipment from the landing craft.

Landing craft arriving

Human spectators

Of course we were a bit worried how the wildlife would react to so much noise and all the strange machinery but we needn't have worried ourselves. The Razorbills were watching from the cliffs and the seals were so curious they came muzzling the boat. Of course too much curiosity may be bad for the cat/seal and the work will still need to be done by the time the birds start breeding.

Razorbills watching the digger from the cliff edge

Unfortunately private landing on the beach will not be possible until the work is finished. The Dale Princess will be running from 1 April (weather permitting) so exploring Skomer will not be hindered by the building project.

For latest sightings go to Wildlife Sighting tab at the top

(Skomer Warden)

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to seeing the progress when I come over in June with two friends :-)