Skomer Island is one Britains natural gems and probably the best location for viewing and photographing sea birds such as puffins, razorbills, guillemots, gannets, kittiwakes, and more. Thronging with life, its shores are an assault on the senses. Raptors are readily seen, with common buzzard, kestrel, peregrine falcon, little owl and short-eared owl all being sighted frequently and also the occasional harrier. Grey seals can be seen on any of the island’s shores, although the landing area and the Garland stone in the north are the best sites for these. The latter location is a hotspot for ravens and common porpoise are frequently seen in the water.
Late May and early June are optimum times for visiting Skomer. Puffins will be preparing for their young to hatch and will be seen visiting their burrows, especially at the ‘wick’ which is the UK’s busiest sea bird cliff. Oystercatcher, curlew, meadow pipit, linnet and the endangered chough are all readily seen walking on the island, whilst guillemot, razorbill, fulmar and kittiwake will be seen nesting on steep cliff ledges. Many of the birds are extremely relaxed with visitors to the island, which affords fantastic photographic opportunities, especially of the puffins. Your guide, Aniket Sardana, will be on hand to help you identify wildlife and also to get the best images possible.
We will pick participants up (maximum of 4) from convenient location at 7am and aim to transfer to the island on the first boat available, usually at 10am (an early arrival is required as crossing is on a first-come first-served basis. Whilst waiting we can make a walk around the headlands close to Martin’s haven and aim to tick off a dozen or so species here. Following our arrival on the island after the 20 minute crossing, we will walk up towards the farm, an excellent site to look for little owls, before crossing some beautiful bluebell meadows where a short-eared owl can sometimes be seen quartering, and make our way up to the Garland stone. We will break for lunch here whilst watching grey seals and the occasional porpoise if we are lucky, and then move on to the west of the island, watching out for raven, buzzard and chough along the way. The wick will be our final stop and the highlight of the day as there are literally thousands of sea birds in a very small area and puffins especially can be seen and photographed at very close quarters. Our return crossing to Martin’s haven will be around 3 or 4pm and then we will start back towards Cardiff or your appropriate drop-off point.
The tour price includes:
– pick up and drop off (from Cardiff or any other towns between there and Skomer (eg Carmarthen and Haverford west). Door-to-door transfer is also available, please enquire.
– boat to Skomer island
– island landing fees
– expert naturalist and photographic guide for the day
– superb wildlife!
For further details please contact us.