Located less than a mile off the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast, Skomer is truly a wonderful place to visit for the day or stay overnight.
Most people come to Skomer to see the puffins, and from the moment your ferry arrives at the dock you can see why. Each year around 6,000 of them return to spend the spring and summer on the island.
Late June and July are great times to visit as this is when the puffins return to their underground nests with beaks full of sand eels.
Well known for its Puffins, yet there is so much more to the bird paradise including Manx Shearwaters, Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Atlantic Grey Seal, Razorbills, Gannets, Fulmars and the unique Skomer Vole. The island is surrounded by some of the richest waters for wildlife off the British Isles from delightfully coloured sea slugs to magnificent cetaceans.
During spring the island is covered in a display of beautiful bluebells so vast that the whole island appears blue! The old fields, the valleys, the cliff tops. No part of the island is spared from this bluebell explosion. A shade of pink is added to the island’s colour during the summer as swathes of Campion cloak the landscape.
Below are a couple of shoots of the Meadow Pipit and a fledged wren for my day on the island.
The island is managed by The Wildlife Trust of south and West Wales and can be visited between April and September Tuesday to Sunday. Access is restricted and is on a first come basis so get there early.
All photos taken with a Tamron SP 150-600 F5.6-6.3 DiVC USD and a Tamron 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di II VC