|Atlantic Puffin Fraterculus arctica - from a sketch - ©David Miller http://www.davidmillerart.co.uk|
Martin's HavenSatellite View
Martin's Haven is eight miles West of Milford Haven, along B roads via Sandy Haven, this is the jumping off point [boarding point] for Skokholm, Skomer and Grasholm. All three of these famous bird islands are part of the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve. Boats run daily to Skomer [Mondays excepted], from April to October, until midday [obviously, the earlier the better], weather - of course - permitting. Day trips to Skokholm are only available on Mondays but it is possible to book a week's stay. Grasholm [about ten miles straight out to sea] is quite difficult to land on [Charter boats can be organised from Milford Haven - but they ain't cheap!] but the same firm, Dale Sailing Co. [Tel 01646 601636; email: email@example.com] run viewing trips on Monday and Friday mornings and Thursday evenings.
RSPB Ramsay IslandSatellite View
The RSPB reserve at Ramsay Island is 3 miles West of St. Davids, reached by boat from St Justinian lifeboat slip. They operate a policy of limiting the numbers visiting [max 40 per day?] but it is usually possible to get across [it may be booked in advance, in St Davids]. Breeding birds include Manx Sheerwater [but see below], Guillemots, Razorbills, a few Puffins, various gulls, a few birds of prey, waders [declining sharply], finches, etc. But, as all of the above can be seen in greater numbers at other sites in the area, one of the major reasons for visiting Ramsay is the 7 or 8 breeding pairs of choughs. It also has the UK's largest colony of breeding Atlantic Grey Seals. And, of course, every year sees 1 or 2 [or 3 or 4?] twitchable rarities turn up.
Skokholm, Skomer & GrasholmSatellite View
Skokholm was Britain's first bird reserve. Breeding birds include 35,000 Manx Sheerwaters, large numbers of Storm Petrels [and if you don't stay overnight, you're unlikely to get good views of the former - and definitely won't see the latter], many thousands of Auks [inc Puffins], Gulls, Kittewakes, Fulmars, etc., birds of prey, the occasional Chough and so on. Skomer's Manx's, at 150,000, are the biggest colony in Europe. As well as most of the above, it also has breeding SE Owls. Both islands also have a regular run of uncommon short-stay migrants and, a regular trickle of genuine rarities. Grasholm simply has the world's second biggest colony of Northern Gannets [after St Kilda]. A few gulls, cormorants, etc., also breeding [tip: One way of visiting it is to take a pelagic on the Pembroke to Rosslare Ferry - it passes very close to Grasholm!].
Stack Rocks (Elegug Stacks)Satellite View
South of Pembroke Town, on the B4319/4320. A DANGER AREA, where the road through Castlemartin Tank Firing Range may be closed [but less often nowadays than formally]. A place for a Spring/early Summer visit. Fairly easy viewing from the cliff's edge, of breeding Guillemots, Razorbills, Cormorants [a few shag - no puffins], Kittewakes, Fulmar, various gulls, etc. Choughs also breed and are always visible all along this stretch of coast, especially eastwards towards and beyond St Govan's Head. Nearby Bosherton Ponds may also reward a visit, summer or winter.
Strumble HeadSatellite View
Strumble Head is three miles N W of Fishguard, via Goodwick. Probably Wales' best Seawatch site: Optimum conditions - strong westerlies. Vast numbers of Manx's, Storm Petrels, Gannets, etc. All four Skuas seen annually; Great, Cory's, Sooty and Med. Sheerwaters regular; also, Leach's Petrel [and, of course, one of Britain's only 2 or 3 land-observed Wilson's Petrels was sighted at Strumble].
Number of bird species: 354
Pembrokeshire Bird GroupWebsite
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RSPB Reserve - Ramsey IslandInformation
The characteristic island birds all nest here- auks, kittiwakes, shearwaters, peregrines, choughs, ravens, lapwings, wheatears and many more. Large numbers of birds, including many unusual species, rest briefly on the island during the spring and autumn migrations.
RSPB Reserve - Ramsey IslandWebsite
Choughs and wheatears breed on the island. In the autumn, a colony of breeding grey seals can also be seen...
Skokholm is a small island nature reserve off the south west coast of Pembrokeshire, Wales. Along with the neighbouring islands of Skomer and Grassholm, it forms one of the most important seabird breeding sites in Europe. The flat top of the island is home to 35,000 pairs of Manx Shearwaters, Storm Petrels, large gull colonies, Wheatears, Oystercatchers, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks, while the 150 ft cliffs hold Puffins, Guillemots, Razorbills, Peregrines and Ravens. Britain's most charismatic crow, the Chough, is usually present and occasionally breeds. Grey seals inhabit the rocky coasts, and porpoises and dolphins are regularly seen passing the island. At migration times almost anything can turn up.
The 730-or-so acres (292 hectares) of Skomer offer extremely important breeding grounds for a great variety of seabirds. This fact is recognised in Skomer having been made a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Special Protection Area under European Law...
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