Breast, fly or crawl…let’s hope Dave can swim it all!

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David Astins

Dodging dolphins, avoiding jelly fish and battling the Pembrokeshire currents to raise money for charity.

On the 22nd of August at approximately 7am Dave Astins, a daring volunteer and supporter of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales will be attempt a treacherous sponsored swim from Marloes Sands, across Marloes Bay to the beautiful Skokholm Island approximately 2.5 miles in a straight line!

The Wildlife Trust have carried out research and have yet to find someone who has successfully completed and recorded the swim from the mainland to the island, so this is quite possibly a first!   Dave who works in Education and Children’s Services for Carmarthenshire County Council said, ‘The distance isn't a fear for me but the strong currents, jellyfish and basking sharks are a different will also be a truly unique way of getting to Skokholm Island’.

After the swim Dave also plans on staying on the island for 3 nights, and carrying out some volunteering for the Wildlife Trust whilst there.

SkokholmDave who trains with Pembrokeshire Triathlon Club will raise money towards the Wildlife Trusts’ work on Skokholm Island, a world famous seabird colony and Britain's first Bird Observatory.

If you’d like to help Dave support the Wildlife Trust then please visit the JustGiving page here!

Contacts :

Gina Gavigan (01656 724100)

Marketing & Development  Manager

Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales


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The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is the largest charitable organisation working exclusively on all aspects of wildlife conservation in south and west Wales.

The Wildlife Trust works for a better future for all kinds of wildlife across south and west Wales. Our mission is to protect and improve habitats and wildlife in our local area as well as helping people to enjoy and understand their local wildlife.  Our vision is for an environment rich in wildlife for everyone.

We achieve this through:

Acquiring and managing nature reserves - we currently manage around 85 nature reserves throughout South and West Wales (including Skomer and Skokholm islands).   From ancient woodland to wetland, wildflower meadow to marsh, reed bed to heathland, they contain a rich variety of species, many extremely rare. These nature reserves form a land holding equal to approximately 4,000 acres.  Of these reserves10 lie within Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas, seven are National Nature Reserves (NNRs), 40 are Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) and five are Scheduled Ancient Monuments.

Acting as wildlife champions - by advising on policy and planning, campaigning on wildlife issues, and protecting wildlife beyond our reserves.  We provide habitat and species management advice directly to those managing land and we also work with key partners and local people to promote habitat enhancement and restoration.

Helping people understand, protect and celebrate their environment - the Trust promotes the view that people from all sections of society should have access to wildlife and the natural world for enjoyment, learning, and well-being.  We invest in the future by helping all ages to gain a better understanding of nature. Our work with schools and our junior club, Wildlife Watch, is enjoyed by hundreds of children.