The sister islands of Skomer and Skokholm are cut off from the mainland by the turbulent waters of the Pembrokeshire coast. The tidal currents create a barrier which has allowed nature to be the dominant force on the islands, not man.
Cut off, protected and now managed as nature reserves, these two islands are home to huge numbers of seabirds who breed here each summer, safe from mainland predators and disturbance.
Skokholm is quite different to Skomer, a little further out and a little wilder, the island is made up of stunning red sandstone, instead of the volcanic rock of Skomer. Skokholm was bought by ourselves and a wealth of fantastic supporters back in 2005 and is now a Bird Observatory, while Skomer is owned by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) but has managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales for many years.
Both islands are internationally important sites for Puffins, Razorbills, Guillemots and many more birds, while Atlantic Grey seals pup in large numbers each autumn in their sheltered coves. Half the world’s population of Manx Shearwater breed on Skomer and Skokholm, around 300,000 pairs and 45,000 pairs on each respectively. An overnight visit to either island will echo to the haunting calls of shearwaters as thousands return each night to their underground burrows.
Skomer and Skokholm islands let you experience a truly wild environment. A visit is sure to be memorable to everyone from the most dedicated wildlife enthusiast, to family visitors and to those of you who just want to get away from it all.
You can find out more about island life, the wildlife, the history and how best to experience these islands on these web pages.
Visiting the Islands
If you are a member of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales you can land on the Skomer for free and you get priority booking for overnight stays on Skomer and Skokholm.
Skokholm island is a little harder to get to but you can stay overnight there too.