Skokholm Island, off the coast of Pembrokeshire, gets two new wardens from January 2013. Recently the island’s owners (The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales) advertised for a new warden.
The Trust was inundated with responses; however two in particular stood out. Partners Giselle and Richard applied for the role as a job share and their extensive experience of working on islands and with wildlife held them in good stead.
Giselle Eagle (originally from Northumberland) has had a rich experience, from working as a Biodiversity Warden with the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. She then went to work with a little tern colony in Great Yarmouth, during this time she visited Richard on Bardsey and was hooked (on both island life and Richard). She moved there in October 2010.
Richard Brown (originally from Northallerton) has had an equally varied experience having lived on Welsh islands for the last seven years, he previously worked on Skomer and most lately on Bardsey. His experience of wildlife stretches back to childhood when he was involved in his local Watch group, the Wildlife Trust children’s wildlife club.
Richard and Giselle will be responsible for the many thousands of seabirds and other wildlife that is resident on the nature reserve, as well as running the island’s newly refurbished visitor accommodation and lighthouse.
This special partnership will no doubt stand these two in good stead for the challenges and delights of living on a Dream Island off the Pembrokeshire Coast.