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Sunday 7th May 2023 Martins Haven, Marloes, Haverfordwest SA62 3BJ

A trip to Skomer Island to capture the Puffins, bluebells and unique wildlife

Join us for a guided trip to Skomer Island with a professional wildlife photographer to offer training, tips and advice to achieve stunning images from this special island during bluebell season

189.00. Pay 89 now to secure your place.

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About this event

We are delighted to offer a return to Skomer Island in 2023, this time during the late spring when the island is usually covered in bluebells! Join us with professional wildlife photographer Clive Greenland who will be leading this guided photography tour and wildlife training day on the island along with professional photographer and TimeLine Events staff member Emily Mudie. This promises to be a fantastic day out with some truly unique photography opportunities with the chance to capture puffins flying to and from the burrows and sitting and walking amongst the bluebells that coat the island during this time. Bluebells are usually found in woodland, but despite Skomer not having any trees the island was once many centuries ago a forest. This has allowed for a special ecosystem to develop on Skomer giving the island a blue carpet during May, making it a stunning place to capture puffins.

The wildlife of Skomer is unique and incredibly special, well known for its Puffins, the island is a bird paradise and includes many other animals such as Manx Shearwaters, Chough, Dolphins, Harbour Porpoises, Atlantic Grey Seal, Razorbills, Gannets, Fulmars and the unique Skomer Vole. The island is surrounded by some of the richest waters for wildlife off the British Isles and you can keep an eye out for seals and dolphins. In July 2022 the island saw numbers of over 35,000 puffins settled on the land and thanks to the hard work of the wildlife trust the numbers on Skomer have been doing well in the last few years. We are limiting the number of places to 12 to help protect the wildlife and ensure one on one time with the trainers and to make sure everyone gets ample photography opportunities.

Included in the ticket price is the boat trip fee to and from the island and the Skomer landing fee. The time on Skomer is usually 4.5 hours depending on weather conditions and it is a 15 minute boat trip to and from the island. We appreciate this event is expensive than other TLE Events, so to help ease this we are spreading the cost over 3 instalments, you can secure your place now by paying a £89 deposit. Then one payment of £100 or 2 further payments of £50 to be made before 1st March 2023. Please note depositis are non refundable unless we can re-sell your ticket.


About your trainer:


Clive Greenland is an international award-winning wildlife photographer and his work has been acknowledged around the world in some of the industries leading photo competitions, his articles and images have been published in leading photographic magazines and national newspapers. He has a relaxed approach and a true passion for photography, Clive will be guiding you through the best settings and techniques to capture stunning wildlife images whilst on the island.

Important Information

Skomer Island is an important home for wildlife, so there are limited facilities on site. There are toilets on the island but only in one location and there is no cafe so you will need to bring your own water and food. Food must be in sealed bags and avoid bringing seeds or anything that could fall and set root and cause a biodiversity hazard for the island. All bags must be sealed by zips or Velcro etc (no open bags like carrier bags are allowed). The island has 87 steep steps to climb from where the boat lands, so a certain level of fitness is required to access the island.

The boat will depart from Dale Princess at 10am, but we are required to check in no later than 9am as check in must be done an hour prior to departure at the visitors centre. Parking can be found by the visitors centre in the Martins Haven car park. This is a National Trust car park so members park for free, and for non members the day fee is £6. There are toilets by the visitors centre.

Please note trips to Skomer are weather dependent, and in the event of very high winds/ stormy weather boats will not be able to sail. In the event of boats not being able to sail we would postpone or refund the trip.


Event requirements

Equipment

  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lenses
  • Camera protection - rain covers etc

Knowledge

  • Advanced
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Knowledge of ISO Shutter Speed and Aperture

Fitness

  • High
  • Medium
  • There will be some up hill walking on this event
  • There will be a fair amount of walking on this event

Other essentials

  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Wet weather gear

Event location