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Skokholm on the Pembrokeshire coast is a great place to watch sea birds in the summer. Its rocky cliffs provide a great breeding habitat for Puffins, Manx Shearwater, Guillemots and Razorbills.

Skokholm Island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, and forms part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

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Skokholm- Visitor Guide


Skokholm Island, Pembrokeshire, Wales.

Telephone:Wildlife Trust, South and West Wales - 01289 621212.
Ordnance Survey:SM 741051 OS Explorer map OL36 South Pembrokeshire
Key attraction:Puffins, Manx Shearwater, Guillemots and Razorbills
Essential kit:

Binoculars and scopes for bird watching.


You will need to take food and drinking water with you. Hot drinks will be available on the island for a small charge.

Wear sensible shoes, as the terrain is not level. There is little shelter on the island so be prepared for all weathers.

Nature watching:

The best time to see the Puffins is early June.


The best place to watch the Seals is from South Haven on Skokholm.


Manx Shearwater and Storm Petrels - summer evenings.


Staying on Skokholm: Limited accommodation on the island. There is a resident Warden and staff on the island, and accommodation for 15 visitors. There are six twin-bedded and three single rooms.

Residential visits are offered either as short breaks (three or four nights) or a full week.

Skokholm is still a wild and remote place with no electricity, baths or showers. Washing is by spring or rain water and the only 'modern' convenience are chemical toilets.

Access:The island is not disabled-friendy. Landing on to the island from the boat is uneven and there are steps and an uphill walk to the top of the island.
Getting there:

Visiting Skokholm: There are four one-day trips to Skokholm Island in 2007 on the following Wednesdays but book early because these get fully booked in high season.

Bookings should be made through Island Bookings 01239 621600 or 01239 621212.

The boat leaves Martin's Haven (two miles from Marloes) at 8am and returns between 5pm and 5.30pm.

Opening times:Limited number of trips to the island.
Charges:Charge for boat trip.
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