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Island upgrade benefits visitors

Farmhouse complex accommodation on Skomer
Sixteen guests can stay each night from April to October (Pic: Welshwildlife.org)

Visitors to Skomer island will benefit from a £3.5m upgrade of accommodation and other facilities.

First Minister Rhodri Morgan will see the work which has been carried out during a trip to the Pembrokeshire bird haven later.

Skomer boasts thousands of puffins and other sea birds and is recognised as one of the most important breeding colonies in the UK.

Around 15,000 people take day trips to the island every year.

The three-year improvement project has seen a farmhouse complex on the island renovated to provide improved visitor, volunteer and staff accommodation.

The island can accommodate 16 overnight visitors, six volunteers and research staff.

Completely rebuilt

As part of the complex, the original derelict farmhouse has had an internal plastic roof added to offer shelter.

On the mainland, the Lockley Lodge interpretation centre has been completely rebuilt, and offers live webcam footage of the island for those who cannot make the journey.

Finance for the project was provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Tubney Charitable Trust and the Crown Estates.



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