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Nr. Little Haven
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Pembrokeshire SA62 3SJ
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Islands Around Pembrokeshire

Skomer

Seal Pup on Skomer IslandSeal Pup on Skomer Island

This island, steeped in history and mystery, is internationally celebrated for its wildlife. You'll experience an intoxicating barrage of colour, sounds and seascapes. A self-guided trail takes you within feet of breathtaking colonies of puffins, manx shearwaters, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars and a host of other birds.

Skomer boasts the largest undisturbed prehistoric Iron Age remains in Britain. Evidence of these early settlements and succeeding generations of inhabitants is clearly visible today from the numerous hut circles, cemeteries and field systems that are part of a fascinating trail that takes you back through time to 2000 BC. An interpretive display at the farmhouse describes farming methods down the ages.

Grey seals are in evidence all year round, either 'hauled out' lazily on the rocks or lolling inquisitively in the clear waters around the islands. In September the seals begin to give birth to white furry offspring and you can watch as they tenderly suckle their youngsters on inaccessible, wave-beaten, pebble nurseries during late autumn. Skomer is one of the largest pupping sites in Pembrokeshire.

Skomer National Nature Reserve

Daily landings - depart Martin's Haven (SA62 3BJ) at 10 am, 11 am, 12 noon (April - Oct). No landings Mondays except Bank Hols. Closed for 3 days each year end May/beginning June. See www.pembrokeshire-islands.co.uk for details.

Round Skomer Cruises - Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday, depart from Martin's Haven at 1 pm. Mondays at 10.30 & 11.45 . Bank Holidays at 1pm only. No Bookings required.

National Park Seabird Spectacular - Tuesday Wednesday & Friday, depart Martin's Haven at 7 pm. Ring to book 01646 603123.

There is also accommodation available on Skomer, for a genuine 'get-away-from-it-all' break. For further details regarding accommodation and group bookings contact:

The Wildlife Trust of South & West Wales www.welshwildlife.org

Skokholm Island

Skokholm IslandSkokholm Island

Situated slightly further out to sea than its neighbour Skomer Island, Skokholm offers you the absolute 'get away from it all' experience on Britain's first established Bird Observatory, now internationally recognised for its importance to wildlife.

During the day, walk the island paths between rabbit, puffin and manx shearwater burrows amid the carpet of wildflowers such as bluebells, thrift, heather, sea and red campion to the magnificent red cliffs that surround the island.

Marvel at the thousands of seabirds, which both live at and visit this Nature Reserve - making the island an ornithological paradise. Colourful puffins play around their burrows or float in large rafts along the coast; sedate razorbills with their striking markings balance on the cliff ledges; kittiwakes and guillemots soar over the inlets, while gannets plunge like javelins into the sea for fish.

At night, be prepared for one of nature's greatest experiences - the return of the manx shearwaters to their burrows after dark. Tens of thousands (the world's largest concentration of) return once the darkness offers them some protection from the gulls, and the air is alive as they call to their partners. This natural event is not to be found anywhere else in the world!

These are just some of the birds to be enjoyed during your stay - there are many, many more, including storm petrel, chough, peregrine, buzzard and wheateater. Skokholm also abounds with mammals - on land, the rabbits run freely around you, while out at sea, porpoises and dolphins are a common sight. You will be close to the seals that rely on the seclusion of the island to breed and are to be seen swimming just off the beaches or hauled out on the rocks near you. Finally, if you are lucky and observant, fish such as the occasional sunfish and basking shark will also put in an appearance.

Skokholm Guided Day Trip Depart 9am - return 5pm. Call 01239-621600 to book.

Details of all Guided Walks & Boat Trips are in the 'Coast to Coast' newspaper available on site.

Grassholm

Grasssholm is an island of great significance and natural beauty. It is classified as a protected area nature reserve, and as such there is no landing on the island. Having said that, there is great grace and excitement on the island and this can be viewed from the boats and guided tours around the island.

Boat trips bookable through Dale Sailing Company. Departs Mondays at 1pm & 5pm (except Bank Hols) Tel : 0800 0284090 or 01646 603110. www.pembrokeshire-islands.co.uk

Ramsey Island

Visit the RSPB Nature Reserve. Boat trips and landings via Thousand Island Expeditions, St. Davids 01437-721721 www.thousandislands.co.uk or Venture Jet 01348-837764 www.venturejet.co.uk