Skomer Island

Skomer is the largest of the Pembrokeshire islands and is a must on your to do list when visiting the county.  Bursting with flora and fauna, the Island is home to the largest colony of puffins in southern Britain and has the largest breeding colony of Manx shearwater in the world!

A vision for bird watchers,  it is also home to thousands of other seabirds, including Razorbills, Guillemots, cormorants and gulls.  The nearby Grassholm Island is home to one of the World’s largest Gannet colonies and you can see this ‘white’ Island from Skomer.

Marine Nature Reserve

The water around the island is also rich in wildlife and is a designated  Marine Nature Reserve managed by the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales.  Atlantic Grey Seals are present throughout the year and can be seen basking on the rocks in Skomer’s North Haven.  Porpoise and Dolphins can be spotted in nearby waters and you may even catch a glimpse of these on the boat journey, as well as Gannets and Fulmars fishing around the Island.

Ancient History

As well as the status of the sea, the Island enjoys a number of important designations: it is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area.  Skomer will also appeal to anyone with an interest in ancient history as it is also known  for its stone circles, standing stones and remains of prehistoric houses which is why much of the island has been designated as an Ancient Monument.

Information

A short boat trip to Skomer Island from Martins Haven to see the wild flower displays, seal pups down on the shore and the iconic, very photogenic puffins during their breeding season would surely be the highlight of any holiday.

 

For more information visit the website of Skomer Island

 

The Little Welsh Wood campsite is ideally situated for visiting Skomer as Martins Haven is only about nine miles away from us.