There are many collective nouns for seals, including a colony, a rookery, a herd, a harem but perhaps our favourite is a bob of seals. We are just starting to see some of the adults returning to the island ahead of the breeding season.#seals
A squadron of gannets flying over the South Bishop on our shearwater trip.
There was a good old Atlantic swell running yesterday. This is one of the blow holes at the south end of Ramsey in action! Beautiful to watch the power of the waves especially when the sun is shining to boot.
Well after days of being spoilt with lovely weather and wildlife galore, tonight’s beautiful evening light would suggest a change is on the way! It’s a tough commute home from work. #changeintheweather
The pufflings (young puffins) are just starting to leave the Pembrokshire islands. Unlike the razorbill and guillemot chicks they are able to fly quite well when they leave although they are far from fully grown. These pictures were taken yesterday on our Grassholm trip and we will continue to see them offshore for the next couple of weeks. They leave the islands by themselves and receive no further parental guidance. Despite being surprisingly speedy fliers, puffins are not very aerodynamic and have to beat their wings 400 time per #️⃣pufflings #Wales
Gorgeous weather and some lovely common dolphin sightings over the last 2 days. One was on a bespoke cetacean trip for Coastal Cottages guests. Lovely to be doing some bespoke trips, so if you fancy something a bit different get in touch!
#coastalcottages #findyourepic #visitwales #visitpembrokeshire
Over half the world’s population of Manx shearwaters breed on the Pembrokeshire Islands, that is around 360,000 breeding pairs and the UK is home to 90% of the entire world population of Manxies. Watching them fly back to their burrows in their thousands of an evening is nothing short of magical. Whilst clumsy on land the shearwater is is the epitome of grace in the air. They use what is know as the ground effect, riding the updrafts off the waves which results in a very low energy flight. To find out more about these fascinating birds join us for an evening shearwater trip. The perfect end to the perfect day in Pembrokeshire. #manxshearwater #visitwales #visitpembrokeshire #findyourepic
In News by Ffion R
We are delighted to be teaming up with Sea Watch Foundation again this year to offer specialist cetacean photography trips. On these trips we will be joined by a Sea Watch Foundation scientist and professional photographer Janet Baxter. This is a 3 hour trip…
Greg Morgan, thanks for the following update on Ramsey’s Manx Shearwaters that’s really exciting. (Maybe I need to get out more) ‘Welcome home EB52672 and EB52673. After 7 months apart, travelling to and from the coast of Argentina, this pair of Manx shearwaters are back in the exact same nest box as 2016 – they were first time breeders last year and successfully raised a chick. Fingers crossed for another good year!’
Today Ffion and Pete had a change of scene and took part in a wildlife training event on Skomer Island, thanks to Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum, Skomer Island and Skomer Marine Nature Reserve for a lovely and informative day. It was great to put some faces to names and to explore parts of Skomer not normally open to the public and hear about some of the research taking place there both above and below water. Great to see all the birds back in, they are early this year and as one would expect the puffins stole the show! Looking forward to getting the boat on the water later this week.