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Skomer Island National Nature Reserve
Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire



Skomer Island, off the Pembrokeshire Coast, is one of the most important seabird breeding sites in southern Britain; especially notable is the Manx Shearwater which nests in burrows. Shearwaters return to the island at night to avoid predators. Skomer probably has the world's largest population. Other seabirds include the storm petrel, guillemot, puffin, and lesser black-backed gull. Important breeding land birds include chough, short-eared owl, peregrine, curlew and lapwing. Skomer is also notable for its lichens and the unique Skomer vole. Grey seals are present in the waters around the island, which is a Marine Nature Reserve. In spring the island is covered by a blanket of bluebells and other wildflowers. In summer the seabirds are busy feeding their young, whilst in autumn the seals pup on the beaches and the coastal heath is flowering.

The Countryside Council for Wales is committed to creating opportunities for everyone to enjoy the countryside. National Nature Reserves are no exception. On some reserves the Countryside Council for Wales has provided additional paths. On others, access on foot is unrestricted and visitors are welcome to wander freely. Where possible, the Countryside Council also provide facilities to add to visitors' enjoyment of reserves such as bird hides, information points, guided walks and displays, and facilities for the disabled. Signs at entrances welcome visitirs to each reserve and provide basic information.
 
 
 
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Safety: The Countryside Council for Wales makes every attempt to ensure that your visit to a reserve is enjoyable and safe. But visitors should also be aware of their own safety. Please watch out for hazards and wear appropriate clothes and footwear for your visit.

This work was commissioned by the Countryside Council for Wales as part of its programme of research into sustaining natural beauty, wildlife and outdoor enjoyment in rural Wales and its inshore waters. 
 
 

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