Puffin Prize winner meets real life Puffins on Skomer Island!

This summer The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) in partnership with International Classrooms On-Line (ICOL) launched ‘The Puffin Prize’, a WILD children’s nature competition for 10 to 14 year olds.

The aim of the competition was to encourage children to engage with nature, and to explore their interests and relationship with wildlife. WTSWW and the ICOL were very keen to improve their understanding of how young people perceive wildlife, what attracts and excites them, and what they value.

Our judging panel were extremely impressed with all competition entries and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the creative pieces of art work, and getting lost in the fascinating stories and wild poetry submissions.

We were delighted to announce that the 2020 The Puffin Prize Winner was Dylan Jenkins, age 11! Dylan created a watercolour and acrylic painting competition entry of a Puffin, that was fantastic! 

As part of the prize, not only did Dylan win his very own puffin book, he headed over to Skomer Island to meet real life Puffins! Here's what Dylan had to say about his experience on Skomer...

My favourite part about visiting Skomer Island was rescuing a Manx Shearwater because I’ve never seen one before as you don’t ever see them out in the day.

And of course, the puffins because we saw the adults carrying the sand eels to their chicks and it was also amazing to see the puffins billing with their beaks…the visit to Skomer was one of my best nature experiences ever…I can’t wait to go back!

Dylan's mother Megan also attended the trip..

I loved it all! I really appreciated having the expertise of Lisa ‘on tap’ so we could ask questions about all the species on the island.

I particularly enjoyed seeing the puffins up close at The Wick but also the different gull species, choughs, meadow pipits, rabbits, butterflies, razorbills, guillemots and Manx Shearwater. Skomer is a wildlife paradise!

Dylan Jenkins Puffin
Our Wild Winner! Puffin by Dylan Jenkins.
Dylan meeting the Puffins on Skomer Island
Dylan meeting his favourite - a Manx Shearwater! Demonstrated by our Head of Islands and Marine, Lisa Morgan