Pembrokeshire’s Skokholm Island Bird Observatory
Published: Wednesday 29th Jan 2014
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
2.5 miles south-west of the Marloes peninsula in Pembrokeshire, Skokholm Island has been reaccredited as an official Bird Observatory, one of nineteen in Britain and Ireland. The Island has a long history of research and monitoring of sea birds; it was the first ever Bird Observatory in Britain but this lapsed many years ago. However, after much hard work, Skokholm Island has once again been established as a Bird Observatory marking the serious contribution that the monitoring work will make to scientific study.
Linking all the nineteen Bird Observatory sites is the standard and consistency of their ornithological record keeping, each Observatory amassing long-term datasets which reveal trends in the numbers of birds passing through each site. The majority of Observatories have either completed, or are well on the way to completing, the digitisation of these datasets which are a very powerful tool showing the state of our birdlife. The Bird Observatories Council coordinates and promotes the work of each Bird Observatory at a National level. Digitisation of our records will be an important next step for us. The long term seabird monitoring work will continue and more in-depth studies for some of the Island’s key species will be established. The daily whole island census will also continue and is now augmented with intensive bird ringing.