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Skomer Spring Special 2017 Report

The first West Coast Birdwatching trip of 2017 saw Dave Astins & Toby Phelps take a group of 10 to Skomer Island, leading a ‘spring migration special’ on behalf of the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales.  This was the 3rd spring in a row for this...

Skomer 2016 Day Trips – it’s a wrap!

Today was the 5th and final special day trip to Skomer…and it started with drizzle and mist – not promising!  Having said we wouldn’t see the sun or blue sky all day, I had to eat my words as both put on a good show and gave us a great finale to the...

Ironman4Wildlife

I am taking part in Ironman Wales on 18th September and have decided to do something useful (other than ruin my body) whilst doing it….I’d be grateful if you’d chip a few quid into my fundraising pot (my money will go to the Wildlife Trust of South...

Skomer Day Trip 20/6/2016

Today was the 4th special day trip of the season, and despite a wet start to the day, by the time we assembled for the boat the rain had stopped, and the weather improved so much we ended up having a belter of a day!  Highlights included 3 separate sightings of...

Skomer Special Day Trip 6/6/2016

Yet another wonderful day on Skomer Island.  A slight delay gave us time for a walk on the Deer Park, and it proved to be a blessing – a Marsh Harrier flew south, a Chough performed superbly and a pod of Common Dolphins (not often you see them close to the...

Skomer Special Day Trip 23/5/16

Another superb day on Skomer Island.  An initial delay due to the stiffer than expected northerly soon abated and we grabbed all Skomer had to offer….2 species of owl, Peregrine, Chough, Puffin, Guillemot, Razorbill, Raven, recently fledged Oystercatchers and...

Skomer Special Day Trip 9/5/2016

The first (sold out) Monday special day trip to Skomer of 2016 proved to be a great day, despite the fairly stiff south-easterly winds and occasional light rain.  The good thing was that we got there, and we got off again!  An impressive 45 species were recorded,...

“There’s No Linnet” Skomer Island April/May 2016

Just back from a fantastic trip to Skomer, 2 days with a great group of folks from all over the south-east of England (mostly…). A pretty windy trip, resulting in a 2-hour delay getting off, and some thick coastal fog and rain to contend with.  But over the...

Skomer Spring Migration Special 2016 Report

The omens did not look good for this one.  Firstly, for various reasons the trip was earlier than ideal.  Puffins wouldn’t be settled, could be absent altogether. Same for Razorbills and Guillemots.  Manx Shearwaters would be back for sure though (something for...

Skomer Autumn Migration Special 2016

In 2016 we will again be running trips to Skomer Island in partnership with the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales.  Details below of the final trip of the year: a 3-day autumn migration...

Skomer Day Trips 2016

In 2016 we will again be running trips to Skomer Island in partnership with the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales.  Details below of our 5 exclusive day trips which take place on a Monday when the island is closed to day visitors – an opportunity not to...

Skomer Spring Migration Special 2016

In 2016 we will again be running trips to Skomer Island in partnership with the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales.  Details below of the first up: a 3-day spring migration...

Skomer Autumn Migration September 2015

This was the third weekend trip that we’ve run on Skomer in partnership with the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales, following a similar 2-day trip in September 2014 and a 3-day trip in April this year.   Alan, Lyn, Bob, Bill, Gill, Brian, Richard, &...

Skokholm Autumn Migration September 2015

This was the first ever West Coast Birdwatching trip to Skokholm, a magical island owned and managed by the Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales.  It preceded a similar trip to neighbouring Skomer the following weekend.   Kate, Geoff, Jonathan, Ken, Abhi,...

Skomer Spring Special April 2015

Our first spring 3-day trip to Skomer Island took place between 18th & 21st April 2015.  All 10 places were booked up well before the event, and the group were wonderful, an absolute pleasure to spend 3 days with!  The birding was really excellent, although it...

2015 trips & days out – all the dates in one place!

The attached document includes all the trips we are running this year, including a few dates here and there that we are available for custom trips.  Most trips are already sold out or have very few places left, so do please get in touch soon if you are hoping to come...

Ramsey Island Trips

Dave Astins will be leading 2 exclusive trips to Ramsey Island in 2015 – one in Spring (8th May) and one in Autumn (4th September).  Places are limited to 10 per trip, and include a full day on the island (leaving at 10am and returning at 4pm) with expert...

Waders & Wildfowl on the Cleddau – & a nice surprise!

This morning was spent guiding with Don Fraser, the main objective being waders on the Cleddau.  However with a massive high tide just after 8am, we decided to spend a while looking in St. Bride’s Bay.  At Newgale we had some lovely views of Common Scoter close...

Gull Identification Special

Saturday 31st January saw our first ever ‘bird family’ focussed event, a day out getting to grips with the notoriously difficult gulls.  The weather conditions made it challenging at times, but everyone persevered and we got to grips with the 6 most...

Skokholm Island Autumn Bird Migration Weekend

Very pleased to announce that we will be running a 3-day autumn migration special on Skokholm Island this September, our first guided trip to this special island, Britain’s first Bird Observatory.  There are just 10 places available, and the trip has the added...