For a second year, the Skomer team have been participating in Welsh Wednesday. Introduced in 2021, this year we have expanded from "Welsh bird of the week" to "Welsh species of the week". This change has given us the chance to explore more Welsh words and introduce visitors to some of our lesser-known species.
We had great feedback on Welsh Wednesday throughout the year and wanted to provide a summary below. Diolch yn fawr to all who have taken part, for even just the week, in 2022.
In (Welsh) alphabetical order:
Aderyn-drycin y Graig
|Fulmar chick nestled along a cliff edge in early July © Skomer VO|
Welsh: Aderyn-drycin y Graig.
|Hen harrier sat on the edge of North Pond © Skomer Assistant Warden|
Welsh: Bod Tinwen.
English: Hen harrier.
Buwch goch gota
|Ladybirds on nettles © Skomer Assistant Warden|
Meaning: Small red cow.
Corhedydd y Waun
|Meadow pipit © Eve Sharples / LTV 2022|
English: Meadow pipit.
|Bluebells in the spring © Skomer VO|
Welsh: Clychau'r Gog.
Meaning: Cuckoo's Bells.
|Rabbit sat amongst the bluebells © Skomer VO|
|Common dolphins off Garland Stone © Skomer Volunteer Warden|
English: Common dolphin.
|Pheasant sneaking around the back garden © Skomer VO|
Gwellt y Gamlas
|Eelgrass in North Haven © Becci Jewell|
English: Common eelgrass.
|Swallow at the Farm © Skomer Assistant Warden|
|Guillemot © Skomer Warden|
|Peregrine flying with a full crop © Skomer Warden|
Shoveler duckling on North Pond © Skomer VO
Welsh: Hwyaden Lydanbig.
|Jackdaw at Bull Hole © Skomer VO|
|Skomer vole on the research path near North Pond © Skomer Assistant Warden|
Welsh: Llygoden Sgomer.
English: Skomer vole.
|Glow-worm © Thom Faulkner / LTV 2017|
|Shag © Skomer Warden|
Welsh: Mulfran Werdd.
|Slow worms basking under one of our refugia (lifted as part of monitoring work) © Skomer Volunteer Warden|
English: Slow worm.
|Storm petrel calling in the boulder fields © Skomer Assistant Warden|
Welsh: Pedryn drycin.
English: Storm petrel.
Rhegan y Dŵr
|Water rail at Moorey Mere © Skomer VO|
English: Water rail.
|Chiffchaff on a branch © Skomer Assistant Warden|
Telor yr Hesg
|Sedge warbler perched on bracken in North Valley © Skomer VO|
English: Sedge warbler.
Welsh: Tingoch Ddu.
Female black redstart in the courtyard © Skomer VO
English: Black redstart.
|Small tortoiseshell butterfly © Skomer VO|
English: Small tortoiseshell.
We hope you have enjoyed learning a little more Welsh with us this year. Until next time. Wela i di wedyn!
Beth, Visitor Officer