Islands Team Update!

WTSWW's Skomer Island.

WTSWW's Skomer Island.

Big welcome to Leighton, Ceris and Beth!

Welcome back Leighton! Leighton Newman returns to Skomer as the new Warden!

Welcome back Leighton! Leighton Newman returns to Skomer as the new Warden!

We’re all busy planning for the new season on the islands, despite the continued uncertainties and challenges that the pandemic presents us. One thing we can be sure of is that we will need our staff teams in place to deliver the conservation, ecology and maintenance side of island management.

This month we say goodbye to our outgoing Skomer Wardens Nathan Wilkie and Sylwia Zbijewska. We thank them for all their hard work and we wish them well in the future.

I’m really excited to introduce our Skomer Team for 2021. Leighton Newman returns to the Trust as our new Warden in mid-February. Some of you may remember Leighton; he was the Skomer Visitor Officer between 2015 and 2018. Leighton re-joins WTSWW after 3 years as Ranger, leading the team on Blakeney Point for the National Trust.

Leighton will be joined by Assistant Warden Ceris Aston. Ceris enjoyed only two months on the island last spring before furlough forced her to return to the mainland. She has been working for NaturScot since August be also returns to WTSWW in March. Beth Thompson will complete the team as Skomer Visitor Officer, moving south from the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre where she has been our Living Seas Engagement Officer for the last year.

Richard Brown and Giselle Eagle will return to Skokholm for their 9th season on the island. They will have all usual supplies of food and kit to take back with them, but this year we might need a slightly bigger boat! Going out to Skokholm will also be a new dumper truck and gator funded by a capital grant from Natural Resources Wales. Look out for the dramatic photos of boats, cranes and yellow dumpers to follow in the spring….

Lisa Morgan, Head of Islands and Marine.