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Old 10 November 2012, 14:21   #1
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Puffins - Skomer in May?

Do we have any puffin experts on here?

We want to go and see puffins next year and were thinking of a trip to Skomer in the last week of May (half term). Not planning on ribbing or sibbing, so need somewhere with a trip boat service.

Is this a good time? Is Skomer the best place, or would we be better off going north to somewhere like the Farne islands?
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Old 10 November 2012, 14:23   #2
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Yes, John, the puffins arrive mid-late March and Skomer is where they make their home, so is the best place to see them around here.


There's a regular ferry service from Martin's Haven - around 10 mins crossing.
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Do we have any puffin experts on here?

We want to go and see puffins next year and were thinking of a trip to Skomer in the last week of May (half term). Not planning on ribbing or sibbing, so need somewhere with a trip boat service.

Is this a good time? Is Skomer the best place, or would we be better off going north to somewhere like the Farne islands?
Puffin island Anglesey John ? Just don't ask me to take yea ... What with all them rocks and my reputation
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Do we have any puffin experts on here?

We want to go and see puffins next year and were thinking of a trip to Skomer in the last week of May (half term). Not planning on ribbing or sibbing, so need somewhere with a trip boat service.

Is this a good time? Is Skomer the best place, or would we be better off going north to somewhere like the Farne islands?
John, you can also take a RIB trip from St Justinians near St Davids, they have a booking office near the cathedral. Good value tour with commentary by an expert. We had to laugh though when told that there is a whole flock of painted wooden puffins at the north of the island. Something to do with encouraging others to nest there.
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John you've only posted this as your looking for another excuse to come up and see us again, admit it.
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Puffin island Anglesey John ? Just don't ask me to take yea ... What with all them rocks and my reputation
No puffins on there mate some genius from Bangor university introduced rats on there for an experiment not sure what for but you can guess the rest.
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No puffins on there mate some genius from Bangor university introduced rats on there for an experiment not sure what for but you can guess the rest.

Need to change the name then to Rodent Isle
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Do we have any puffin experts on here?

We want to go and see puffins next year and were thinking of a trip to Skomer in the last week of May (half term). Not planning on ribbing or sibbing, so need somewhere with a trip boat service.

Is this a good time? Is Skomer the best place, or would we be better off going north to somewhere like the Farne islands?
May would be a perfect time to visit, there's thousands around that time of year, you can land on the Island or take the 1hr round trip, both highly recomended, you could even stay over night, and experience the haunting sound of Manx Sheerwater as they return under the cover of darkness, either way you'll see loads of different seabirds on a visit to Skomer.

There used to be puffins on Ramsey untill rats took over, there all gone now apparently, and dummy Puffins are inplace to attract others, lol.

Here's a little vid I took on a visit to South haven Skomer this year.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...&v=1zUCn-ZH6JI
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John you've only posted this as your looking for another excuse to come up and see us again, admit it.
It's true, but it looks like the boss has decided on Skomer. Now, does anyone have a clever wheeze to avoid the need to queue up at dark o'clock in the morning to buy a ticket?
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It's true, but it looks like the boss has decided on Skomer. Now, does anyone have a clever wheeze to avoid the need to queue up at dark o'clock in the morning to buy a ticket?
Yes, ask a local if you can borrow a rib for a day or 2.
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