A New Guide to Skomer Island and its Surrounding Seas!

Skomer Island is managed by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Skomer Island is managed by The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

50% of book sales will be donated to The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales

Skomer Island Puffin

Skomer Island Puffin

Way back in 1993 (when you were allowed to leave the house and shopping wasn’t too hazardous) Francis Bunker and I wrote an educational guide to Skomer Island, it was published by the Field Studies Council as “Investigating Skomer, An educational guide to Skomer Island and its surrounding seas”. The guide was based around a number of stopping points on the island’s network of paths and at each there was some information about the natural history and some questions and suggestions for follow-up work.

I had been meaning to update and enhance the guide for years (three false starts in 2003, 2007 and 2013) but thanks to the lock down (there is a phrase I didn’t expect to use) I have finally succeeded.

The new version has a great many colour pictures and all the information has been brought up to date.

The guide is available as an Apple iBook from the Apple Book Store, for those with iPads, iPhones, Macs etc. and half of any sales revenue will go to the Trust who sorely need funds to offset the lack of visitors to Skomer and Skokholm during the present crisis.

For those without Apple devices there is a pdf version of the guide, available from the Trust, and all donations for a copy will go to the Trust directly.

Although originally intended as an educational guide for teachers and students, the new version, replete as it is with colour images from above and below the water, will also be useful for families with children or, equally, for anyone interested in the natural history of this beautiful place.

John Archer-Thomson