Skokholm Appeal

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales has been offered the opportunity by Trinity House to purchase the remaining part of Skokholm Island.

The Appeal is to raise funds to; purchase this remaining part of the island, to complete works on the buildings on the island and to refurbish the lighthouse on the island, making it somewhere that people can stay and view the stunning scenery around it.

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  • Update from Sarah Kessell
    Update from Sarah Kessell, WTSWW Chief Executive Officer. I think we are not alone in finding that the planning needed to get back to work after the Covid-19 lockdown is proving far more complex than it was to stop suddenly at the start of the lockdown. The length of the lockdown has meant that there is a ...
  • Skomer and Skokholm Islands Update – Covid-19Skomer and Skokholm Islands Update - Covid-19
    As you know we have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus guidelines issued by the Welsh Government since March 2020. There are many considerations for us when we think about our precious islands, including visitor boat transportation, the difficulty in maintaining social distancing whilst boarding passengers and the provision of facilities once on the islands themselves. After much ...
  • Razorbills of Skokholm IslandRazorbills of Skokholm Island
    In May’s update we talked about the importance of continuing with the vital seabird monitoring on WTSWW’s Skokholm Island and this month we’re going to focus on Razorbills. The 2020 whole Island count tallied up at 3517 adults on ledges, this an increase of 28% on last year. But to understand just how many of Skokholm’s ...
  • David Gray Shares New Fundraising Song to Support the Trust!David Gray Shares New Fundraising Song to Support the Trust!
    Skomer is unique and irreplaceable, and must be protected – David Gray British singer-songwriter David Gray Running on the Waves is the new fundraising song from musician David Gray We are thrilled to announce that we have been working with award winning British singer-songwriter David Gray to raise awareness and much needed funds to support our Wildlife Trust ...
  • Picture perfect. Images of Wales to help fundraise for the Trust!Picture perfect. Images of Wales to help fundraise for the Trust!
    Photographer and Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) Trustee, Mike Alexander has kindly decided to make all of his wonderful photographs available, via his website, to any organisation or individual who is prepared to make a donation to WTSWW. Mike tells us about using his photo’s to raise vital funds and the need to ...
  • Urgent Covid-19 Appeal!
    The Covid-19 situation has exacerbated what would already have been a very difficult year for The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW). The grants we usually receive from Natural Resources Wales and Welsh Government to help fund our conservation work have not been agreed for the new financial year, leaving a hole in our ...
  • Skomer and Skokholm Covid-19 Update
    In light of the announcement made by the Prime Minister on 23rd march 2020, The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is now closing both Skomer and Skokholm islands to overnight and day visitors, including private landings. The islands were due to open to visitors on the 1st of April. The initial shut down will ...
  • Breast, fly or crawl…let’s hope Dave can swim it all!Breast, fly or crawl…let’s hope Dave can swim it all!
    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 ...
  • About SkokholmAbout Skokholm
    Skokholm Island is an internationally important nature reserve situated off the south west coast of Wales. There is a general introduction to the reserve here. History Ronald Lockley, the eminent naturalist and author, leased Skokholm from 1928 to 1948 and set up the UK’s first Bird Observatory on the island. Bird Observatories conduct long-term monitoring of bird ...
  • Our Current Work on SkokholmOur Current Work on Skokholm
    In the years immediately after the Wildlife Trust purchased Skokholm Island (2007-2009), the accommodation had to be closed following a report from a surveyor highlighting health and safety risks, particularly in Lockley’s cottage, due to wet and dry rot. Subsequently the team that had designed and overseen the recent Skomer Island Heritage Project visited Skokholm, to ...
  • What are we fundraising for?What are we fundraising for?
    We are appealing for funds to complete the purchase and renovation of the buildings on Skokholm. This will both assist the Wildlife Trust in its important work managing the island as a nature reserve, but also allow more people to visit and experience the island and its wildlife for themselves. In July 2010, the Wildlife Trust ...
  • Our Fundraising TargetOur Fundraising Target
    Our total fundraising target is £250,000. This is broken down into three main topics:     Restoration of the farm complex and Bird Observatory status     Purchase of the lighthouse and surrounding land     Renovation/upgrade of the lighthouse Restoration of the farm and bird observatory status We estimate the total costs of this part of the project at £40,000, to complete the ...