Author: Skomer Visitor Officer

Birdwatching weekend: Spring Migration Events 2020


DESCRIPTION: Skomer is a fantastic destination for birdwatching and it regularly turns up some locally uncommon, scarce and rare birds. It also has nationally important numbers of breeding seabirds including Guillemots, Razorbills and Puffins. Join Dave Astins of West Coast Birdwatching as you spend three days searching for the best birds Skomer has to offer. Dave is a renowned bird expert and has over 28 years of experience in Pembrokeshire and always makes sure you get the most out of your trip. Spring on Skomer is a great time to witness migration but also to see the returning Puffins, Guillemots and Razorbills after their hard winter at sea.

To see a report of the fantastic Spring birdwatching special in 2017, click here.

In 2020 we are holding two Spring Migration events, choose from April 18th – 21st or April 25th – 28th.

PRICE: £249pp includes 3 nights accommodation and expert guidance for the whole time whilst you’re on Skomer.

BOOKING: 01656 724100 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) or email: Limited to 10 places

CLOTHING REQUIREMENTS: Sturdy footwear and warm waterproof clothing. Binoculars are recommended and are available for hire on the island if needed.

Skomer Island Long Term Volunteers

In 2020 we have four Long Term Volunteer positions available on Skomer Island, two run from end of March until mid July and the other two from mid July until end of September.

Additionally, there is one Seabird monitoring volunteer position, running from end of May until end of June  2020.

The closing date for applications is 13th December 2019 with interviews being held in February 2020.

The Long Term Volunteers will become an integral part of the island team and will be involved in all aspects of the running of the National Nature Reserve. They will be welcoming guests and giving welcome talks, conducting various species surveys (including seabird monitoring and seal monitoring in the appropriate seasons), helping to keep the visitor accommodation clean, carrying out general maintenance all over the island and undertaking their own research project whilst on the island.

You can find out more information from our Long Term Volunteer advert here.

You can find out about the Seabird monitoring volunteer position here.

How to apply

The deadline for applications is 13th December 2019, please keep an eye on the site for any updates.

Please read the volunteer advert carefully and then fill in the appropriate application form:

Long term volunteer application form can be found here.

Seabird monitoring volunteer application form can be found here.

Please note: The application forms for the Long Term Volunteer positions and Seabird Monitoring position are different so it is important to fill out the right one.

Once completed please send your applications via e-mail to:

Sarah Parmor,
Skomer Visitor Officer

Weekly volunteering on Skomer:

Spaces for weekly volunteers have now been assigned. Applications for 2021 will open in September 2020, for weekly volunteering spaces in 2021. Check this site for updates over the coming year.

Alternatively, if you would like to join our reserves list in case of a space this season, please complete an application form and send it to

Skomer Island is located just off the coast of the Pembrokeshire peninsula and is one of Britain’s most important seabird colonies. Skomer holds roughly 50% of the world’s Manx Shearwater population along with internationally important numbers of Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills and Gulls. The island is open for up to 300 visitors a day, with up to 16 staying overnight.