Skokholm Lighthouse Appeal

26th October 2011

Skokholm is an internationally important wildlife site. A few years ago, the Trust acquired the island from the Dale Estate, though the lighthouse remained in Trinity House ownership. Now, the traditional light is to be replaced with a low maintenance modern beacon, so the lighthouse building and surrounding land is not required. The Trust wishes to acquire the lighthouse and land to complete the full ownership of the island as well as to provide extra visitor and research accommodation. The other target is to regain official Bird Observatory status, which it lost in the 1970s. After all, the farmhouse was the UK’s first Bird Observatory.

It is vitally important that the lighthouse is not sold to a private buyer. The site is an SSSI.

The area around the lighthouse has the densest colony of Manx shearwaters in the world – Skomer and Skokholm together hold 50% of the world population of this bird. Then throw in puffins, storm petrels, choughs, amongst many others.
A total of £140,000 is required by March 2012 to buy the lighthouse and continue renovation work on the other buildings on the island. For more information on this see my news article on 14 August 2011 and the Skokholm blog. Details of how to donate can be found at

All text and images © Keith Rowley 2011


Photo comment By Lyndsey_Maiden: Thanks for the mention Keith! Much appreciated. We cannot emphasise how important it is that we raise the money to purchase and do the buildings up. The land is the really key element for us in that it obviously has a really rich population of sea birds including the cliffs where the sea petrel nest. Worse case scenario is that someone buys it and brings rodents onto the island, particularly rats, we are so careful as has Trinity been, to ensure this doesn't happen. The fact that there are no rodents on the island means that birds such as the puffin and Manx shearwater thrive. Any support in securing this dream would be gratefully received!

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