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Puffarazi on Skomer

Puffarazi on Skomer

I’m so excited to tell you about my amazing weekend! We jumped into the car after work with a packed dinner and headed as west as we could go. Over the Severn Bridge and into Wales.

 Such a beautiful bridge.  

Such a beautiful bridge.  

We arrived at midnight, collapsed into our bed. Waking to the smell of breakfast being cooked downstairs. With our fingers crossed we headed down to breakfast hoping our B&B had managed to get us ferry tickets to Skomer island. People come from all around the country to try and get on the 4 boats that leave daily during the summer (weather permitted) to the island. Queuing starts at 6am for boats that depart at 10am! Told you before... I'm a twitcher!

 Trying to navigate tiny country roads late at night. At least we got to enjoy the beautiful full moon.  

Trying to navigate tiny country roads late at night. At least we got to enjoy the beautiful full moon.  

The 'bird gods' must have been on our side! We managed to get two tickets for the 10:30 boat. YAY! So to make sure we didn't miss our slot we left straight after devouring our lovely welsh breakfast and a few cups of strong coffee.

 Every seat was taken but we were happy to stand and try and glimpse our first puffins! 

Every seat was taken but we were happy to stand and try and glimpse our first puffins! 

The island is magical! After a strict briefing from the warden about staying on the paths, explaining the ground is full of burrows and the ground could collapse onto a Puffling (how cute is that name for a baby Puffin?!) or Manx Shearwater chick if we were not super careful. We set off on our adventure being very careful of where we put our feet. 

 Puffins taking turns to feed their Pufflings. 

Puffins taking turns to feed their Pufflings. 

These guys are so full of character. They get their bright coloured beaks and facial markings during the breeding season. Beautiful! They only about the size of a pint. 

 Hello cutie! 

Hello cutie! 

After our designated 5 hours on the island, we had to head back to the boat. I really didn't want to leave but there is nothing but wildlife on the island, and I needed a cup of tea! So with a full heart, it was time to leave my Puffin paradise. Plus, our adventures weren't over yet!

 Having our safety briefing on the RIB

Having our safety briefing on the RIB

Up with the first bird calls the next morning we jumped back into the car and drove to St David's. The smallest city in the UK. They have a stunning little cathedral that was built in a dip to hide it away from the Vikings.

 So well hidden considering it's size. I was so surprised coming around the corner after only being able to see the tower. 

So well hidden considering it's size. I was so surprised coming around the corner after only being able to see the tower. 

Anyway, back to our boat adventure! We jetted off into the Celtic sea, grateful for the big jackets we were provided as it was cold and windy but the bird watching was worth it. 

 Please don't poop on me!  

Please don't poop on me!  

The 2nd biggest gannet colony (Northern Gannet) in the world. 30,000 breeding pairs. The noise is overwhelming as they all jostle for a spot on the rocks, feeding their loud and hungry chicks. 

 Windswept!  

Windswept!  

We arrived back, cold but happy. Especially after seeing Manx Shearwaters on the water as we didn't see them on Skomer as they only return after sunset to avoid being eaten by the greater black-backed gulls! Evil guys!

 Enjoying the beautiful island.  

Enjoying the beautiful island.  

We did see a gannet with some fishing net around his foot. The net can get caught on a rock and if they are not able to free themselves they will have a slow death. We need to start taking responsibility for how our existence effects wildlife. Beach cleans up are a great solution.  You can google to find out which ones you can join. I like the sound of these guys, Surfers against sewage. Anyone keen to do one with me?

It's my birthday next month and i'm asking for one of these bags to reduce my microplastic. If you want to find out how you can make a difference this is a great book to read. 

Love Cara xx

Plastic free picnics and art for the sake of art.

Plastic free picnics and art for the sake of art.