Monday, July 15, 2024

‘Major funding boost for Skomer and Skokholm’


Skomer and Skokholm Islands in Wales have received a significant funding boost of £271,038 to enhance their sustainability. The project, managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) and financed through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, aims to address infrastructure challenges and promote sustainability on the islands.

Known for their breeding seabirds and rich wildlife and cultural heritage, Skomer and Skokholm will focus on reducing water and fossil fuel usage, improving sustainable energy resources, and enhancing accessibility for visitors, volunteers, researchers, and WTSWW staff.

Lisa Morgan, Head of Islands and Marine at WTSWW, highlighted the urgency of upgrades to reduce energy use and boost the islands’ resilience to climate change impacts. The project also aims to engage a wider audience with the islands’ seabirds while continuing conservation efforts.

The funding will support essential upgrades on Skomer Island, including replacing the solar hot-water system, upgrading windows for better insulation, and repairing visitor accommodation. These improvements seek to enhance living and working conditions while reducing energy consumption.

Skokholm will benefit from improvements to solar energy storage by replacing old batteries and enhancing water transportation efficiency with the acquisition of a 1,000-litre water bowser.

Morgan expressed excitement about collaborating with the Strategic Funding Team at Pembrokeshire County Council to realize ambitious plans for 2024. The investments aim to transform Skomer and Skokholm Islands into models of sustainability and resilience for future generations.

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