Love Island

As we approach Valentine’s Day, the birds are starting to sing, snowdrops are flowering and even the daffodils are showing off their golden flowers. Love is definitely in the air.

Love is also in the air out on a little the Welsh island of Skomer, just off the Pembrokeshire Coast. The island requires a warden to look after visitors and do the scientific research and this year, when the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales advertised for the post, it attracted two.

The pair, Birgitta Bueche and Eddie Stubbings, leapt at the opportunity when the island warden job came up and fought off significant competition to win themselves the chance to move out this stunning Welsh jewel.

The island attracts a lot of love birds, thousands of Manx shearwaters and puffins come back to the island every year to find a mate and settle down. This year they will be joined by a human pair hoping to settle into the island life.

“I don’t think I will get bored,” Birgitta said.

“There is so much to learn and like. There is everything like insects and plants and birds to start exploring.

“And the sea is a completely different universe as soon as you put your head under the water.”

So this Valentine’s Day will be a special one for both the island and the new island pair.