Skomer and Skokholm Covid-19 Update

Skokholm Island

Skokholm Island

Skomer and Skokholm Islands To Remain Closed During May

Razorbill on Skomer Island

Razorbill on Skomer Island

In light of the announcement made by the Prime Minister on 23rd march 2020, The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is now closing both Skomer and Skokholm islands to overnight and day visitors, including private landings. The islands were due to open to visitors on the 1st of April.

The initial shut down will be for the months of April and May but this will be reviewed regularly with any updates shown as an amendment to this message.

Our mainland teams, where possible will be continuing to work from home and will respond to emails when they are able. We are unable to answer telephone queries while the office is closed.

Transferring bookings
Whilst we have never transferred bookings from one year to the next we have decided that this is an appropriate course of action in this unprecedented situation. Re-bookings will only be offered for the same period in the same month next year. So if you have a reservation in April or May your booking would remain for the same period in April or May next year. We will also try to transfer bookings to an available slot much later in the current season if this is an option that you would like to consider.

Refunds
If you would rather have monies returned this will be completed when our teams return to work as we cannot perform this whilst working from home, we do appreciate your patience with this matter.

Donations
This is clearly an unprecedented time for The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Skomer and Skokholm provide much of the income that the Trust needs to ensure that these two islands and over 100 other nature reserves can be managed effectively for wildlife. This loss of income for one year will have a catastrophic impact on our ability to look after our wildlife and nature reserves. We really do hope that we will be in a position to ensure that Skomer and Skokhom do open again to the public later this year; however, funds will be required to ensure that this is able to happen. Please consider donating some or all of your booking fees to help the islands.

You can let us know your wishes by emailing us at islands@welshwildlife.org

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