Storms wreak havoc on Islands

Waves crashing onto Skokholm in stormy weather

Waves crashing onto Skokholm in stormy weather

This is utterly heart-breaking!

Storms Ophelia and Brian have wreaked havoc on The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales’ Pembrokeshire Islands; Skomer and Skokholm. The impact of the storms has been devastating for the wildlife, buildings and equipment.

Over two thirds of the seal pups on Skomer perished in the storms and buildings on both islands were left damaged. 

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales need your help now to raise at least £25,000 to reverse the impacts of these unforgiving storms. We need your help to monitor the impact on wildlife as well as to repair the damage and storm-proof the islands for the future.

Crushed Seal Pup

Crushed Seal Pup

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The Islands

Skomer and Skokholm Islands are internationally significant wildlife and heritage sites, home to many important species including over half of the world’s population of Manx Shearwater and the beautiful Puffin. It is vital that we protect these truly wild places so that wildlife can thrive for generations to come.

Skomer Island is an important breeding site for the Atlantic Grey Seal. The island staff monitors the seal population throughout the year. Natural events like this can have a profound impact and our monitoring is important in understanding the effects on the population.

Lizzie Wilberforce, Conservation Manager for Skomer and Skokholm said, “These storms were the strongest since 1987 and unfortunately, violent storms like these are becoming more common as our Islands are exposed and vulnerable to severe weather. It is vital that we start to put protocols in place to better deal with the potential impacts, on both the islands’ wildlife and infrastructure. Your donation would mean we can be better prepared for similar weather in the future.“

How to help our islands recover from the storms

So please, if you can, give to The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales' Storm Appeal online, by  texting SEAL23 and your donation amount to 70070, or by calling us on 01656 724100.

We need your help to raise the £25,000 needed to:

  • Develop a protocol for dealing with future seabird wrecks
  • Monitor the impacts on seals and seabirds
  • Repair the immediate storm damage
  • Storm-proof the Islands for the future

Island Storm Appeal Poster

Any additional funds raised exceeding £25,000 will help replace essential equipment for the islands.