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The sea is a mysterious place – millions and millions of gallons of water home to marinelife both above and below the sea’s surface. I am at my most relaxed and chilled when I am on a boat watching anything from dolphins to birds. And a bird you can almost guarantee to see is the Gannet. It is huge, very white and definitely my favourite.

Image of a Gannet by Richard Towell Flicr

Its’ long body, pointed wings with black tips and summery yellow head make it unmistakable. The bill is the Gannet’s most important tool. When they find a shoal of fish they hold their wings back and become a straight, pointed dagger. Dropping at speed, they plunge the water, catch their fish and rise to the surface to eat their prey within seconds.

This year I went out on a boat to see thousands of Gannets breeding on the small island, Bass Rock, in Scotland. It was certainly a sensory experience. The smell (very smelly and fishy!), the sight (a spectacle), the sound (a grating cacophony) and the taste (seasalt on your lips).

If you’d like to see your own Gannet watch from a coastal vantage point looking out to the horizon, get out onto a special boat trip or if you don’t like boats watch young Gannets currently still in their nests at Bempton Cliffs in Yorkshire.

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Nature reserves are great places for wildlife but these islands of good habitat need constant management to keep them in perfect condition for wildlife. Listen to this latest podcast from the Wildlife Trusts of South and West Wales about how volunteers are working on the reserve at West Williamson in Pembrokeshire to make space for Brown Hairstreak Butterflies.
Click here to listen to this episode about managing for brown hairstreak butterflies on West Williamston Nature Reserve, Pembrokeshire

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales manages around 90 wildlife reserves in Wales, from Cardiff to Aberystwyth, including the island reserves of Skokholm and Skomer. Our volunteers and Local Groups help us manage these, Local Groups also run a wide variety of events.

We stand up for wildlife, making it as accessible as possible for everyone. As a charity we rely on members, donations, legacies and grants to continue our work.

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South Wales boasts some of the best coastline in Britain and the tiny islands of Skokholm and Skomer are considered by many to be the elite in seabird watching sites.

Listen to this, the first in a series of podcasts from the Wildlife Trusts of South and West Wales, who manage these island reserves for wildlife, to hear about the islands ecology and the amazing work of wardens and volunteers to conserve these amazing microhabitats!

Click here to listen to this episode about Skokholm Island

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales manages around 90 wildlife reserves in Wales, from Cardiff to Aberystwyth, including the island reserves of Skokholm and Skomer. Our volunteers and Local Groups help us manage these, Local Groups also run a wide variety of events.

We stand up for wildlife, making it as accessible as possible for everyone. As a charity we rely on members, donations, legacies and grants to continue our work.

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