We are delighted to announce that Skokholm Island will be running a fully catered week, between Monday 5th May and Monday 12th May 2014, during which we will be joined by entomologist John Harper.
The study of certain invertebrate groups has become very popular in the last few years, with ever improving literature allowing more and more people to get to grips with butterflies, moths and dragonflies. But in terms of invertebrate study, these groups are just the very tip of an enormous creepy crawly iceberg. John specialises in the groups studied far less frequently, from spiders to snails and from woodlice to ants. These groups contain species which have bizarre and incredible life histories unlike anything encountered in the birds, seals and cetaceans recorded each day by the staff of Skokholm Bird Observatory. But John is not just great at finding and identifying a huge range of invertebrates, he also has an infectious enthusiasm for teaching and sharing the amazing world of invertebrates.
We will then put our trapping techniques to good use, and what better place to look at invertebrates than on one of Britain’s most spectacular and beautiful Islands. Skokholm, famed for its 90,000 Manx Shearwaters, Storm Petrels nesting in the walls around the buildings, Puffins, cliff-nesting seabirds and as the site of Britain’s first Bird Observatory, is also home to a wonderful variety of invertebrates specialised to live on an Island. In among the stunning Bluebells and carpets of Thrift, live specialists which have evolved some truly amazing strategies to allow for mating and dispersal. John will show you a world which is almost unbelievable, and show you it in a way which will have you captivated.