Two of our long-term volunteers from 2022 kindly answered a couple of questions for us about their experience of volunteering on Skomer. Don't just take it from us - listen to them!
When were you an LTV on
Skomer? Hello everyone, my name is Lira and I was a
long-term volunteer during the Autumn (July-October) on Skomer Island.
Favourite memory/ies from
Skomer? I initially applied to volunteer on Skomer island
for the hands-on experience and to gain some practical conservation skills,
however I soon learnt that Skomer had so much more to offer than I expected!
The weather was absolutely stunning during these months which made exploring
the island such a treat- I had countless unforgettable swims with puffins over
my head and seals below my feet! For someone like me, who loves wildlife and
nature, you could spend hours exploring the island and almost always finish the
day admiring a spectacular sunset. With no shops on the island, one of the most
valuable things I learnt was how to make a gooooood bread. And with the island
being cut off from the mainland water supply, I also became so much more aware
of water wastage and my bad habits around water usage. These are things I
didn’t expect to learn but I am so grateful for- you won’t learn these things
unless your living on an island like Skomer!
What are you up to now? With the help from the Skomer island team (they are incredibly
supportive and helpful) I got my first job in the wildlife sector the week I
arrived back home! I now work with the London Wildlife Trust as a Visitor
Engagement and Volunteer ranger at Walthamstow Wetlands - the largest urban
wetlands in Europe! Without the skills and confidence gained from my Skomer
experience, and without the encouragement from the amazing staff, I wouldn’t
have applied for my current job. Skomer island will always be a special place
with some of my favourite memories ever!
When were you an LTV on Skomer? I was a long-term volunteer on Skomer from July - October 2022.
Favourite memory/ies from
Skomer? I loved spending last summer as an LTV on Skomer
island. I have so many happy memories of my time there. I learnt so much about
Skomer's wildlife and what it takes to run a small island nature reserve
(delivering welcome talks, wildlife surveying and fixing signs and benches!). I
enjoyed meeting volunteers and visitors, sharing golden summer evenings with
the puffins, and climbing into caves to monitor the seals pups! However, my
standout memory has to be the night spent assisting with the storm petrel
ringing. Having a tiny storm petrel sat in my hand with Manx Shearwater flying
over head and waves crashing in the background was certainly a magical and
What are you up to now? After leaving Skomer I have started a new conservation internship
on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic. Here I have been assisting with a variety
of conservation projects from vegetation management in the cloud forest upon
Green Mountain, tagging the Endemic Ascension Frigatebird chicks, to counting
Green turtle tracks and nests on the beaches. Skomer was a great stepping stone
in preparing me for this internship because, whilst I'm no longer just a 10
minute boat ride away from the mainland, many aspects of island living remain
For full details on the roles and how to apply for 2024, please see our website: https://www.welshwildlife.org/volunteering-opportunities/skomer-island-long-term-volunteering