Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Time flies...

...when you've got lots of work to do OR of course when you are having fun! The question is: What is the reason on Skomer.

March is nearly over so here is an update on what has been happening since we arrived on Skomer four weeks ago.

One of the jobs we did was to repair the damaged roofs at the Farm and North Haven - attentive readers might have noticed  that our blog log post from three weeks ago only mentioned damaged roofs at the Farm.

Windy North Haven
Well the night of the 8th of March was very windy (wind force 8) and I slept rather badly due to the howling and rattling all around the house. I even got up to have a look outside our bedroom window as it sounded as if some fish box or plant pot was bouncing around outside, however I couldn't spot anything. The mystery was solved the next morning: The corner bit of our roof had blown off. 

We were able to find some of the roofing sheets but most of them had been lost. So in order to fix the roof we had to dismantle our reptile transect which had been constructed by using left over roofing sheets. When you come to visit you will be surprised to find reptile sheet number 8 on our roof.

A note for our dear volunteers: there is no need for concern, we are not going to send you on top of the library to look for reptiles.

The smallest one, hence me, had a look inside the loft space to see what was going on.
After several days of work the roof was finally fixed.

However we also had some really nice, calm and sunny days and have enjoyed several breakfasts on our new breakfast bar (which Ed built) on our balcony.

A few, mostly young, seals have kept us amused by seiging our inflateable at a regular basis. We have even been able to watch how they leap in: The seal shoots out of the water like a dolphin and throws itself against the side of the boat, which quite often just moves off and the seal bounces back into the water with a big splash. However when the seal gets it right it slides onto the tube with grace and then happily sunbathes on our boat for the rest of the day.

Also very amusing to watch are the playing seals on North Haven beach.

Another March highlight was when we spotted 11 Mallard ducklings getting led down South Stream by their mum.

Other than roofs we have been working on our new Sales Point which is coming along nicely.

Jason and Bee fitting the drawers
Here are some pictures of Leighton and Ed who are the main constructors of this work of art (maybe they have worked on it a bit too long...)

Nearly finished

We also have had our first two groups of volunteers over who were absolutely amazing helping us to get the island ready for the visitors. A huge thank you to Sarah, Rachel, Tanya, Bridget and Pat for all the painting, scrubbing, washing, sweeping and scraping they have done.

Ladies action

And then Easter Friday arrived and for the first time this year we opened Skomer to the public. It was a day with sunny spells and not too windy, so we were able to welcome 53 visitors. Unfortunately the rest of Easter was a complete washout but I cheered myself up by looking at this lovely Lesser Celandine which has started to flower on the Neck.

See you soon

(Skomer Warden)

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