The tiny UK island with thousands of puffins that needs to be seen to be believed

Puffins on Skomar
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Just a mile off the coast of Pembrokeshire, there's a tiny island that houses over 40,000 seabirds. Known for its adorable puffin colony, Skomer is a small place with a big wildlife presence.

In addition to the unique seafaring birds, the island also boasts the world's largest Manx Shearwater colony (350,000 pairs), along with other seabirds like razorbills, guillemots, peregrine falcons and kittiwakes. Just a short 20-minute boat ride from the mainland, the island makes for an ideal day trip.

Recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the island is managed by The Wildlife Trust and holds the distinction of being Wales's only marine nature reserve. With up to 250 visitors per day during peak holiday season, the puffins and their companions are free to roam safely around the island, which measures just 2 by 1.5 miles.

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Hosting the largest breeding puffin colony in Britain, with a total of 42,513 recorded last year, the next most adorable residents on the island are the young rabbits that can be seen bounding through the grassland in spring. The surrounding waters teem with marine life, including a large population of Atlantic grey seals, as well as porpoises, dolphins, and even whales.

Visitors to the island can expect a stunning display of bluebells and pink campions at certain times of the year. The Wick, a cliff with ledges perfect for nesting seabirds, is the ideal spot for puffin watching.

The island also features a ruined farm that serves as an education room, interpretation centre, and hostel with accommodation for up to 16 people. While there are four compost toilets available, visitors should note that there are no food or drink facilities, so it's advisable to bring your own refreshments.

For wildlife enthusiasts, overnight stays on the island are possible if there's availability at the hostel. This offers a unique opportunity to witness the nocturnal activities of the island's wildlife.

If you prefer to stay on the mainland, the village of Marloes boasts the popular pub, The Lobster Pot. Little Haven provides easy access to Martin's Haven, where boats depart for the island.

Boat trips to the island are available from now until September. The cost for these trips is £30 per adult and £24 per child (aged 2-11).

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