Our Year 12 A Level Biologists are currently developing their sampling and statistical techniques in the very special coastal environment of Pembrokeshire.
Yesterday evening, pupils were introduced the topic of Biodiversity with a boat trip around Skomer island, an important Marine Conservation Zone. There has been a spectacular recovery in the puffin population and nearly 40,000 puffins now breed there.
Puffins were everywhere, crashlanding on the cliffs, standing sentinel at their burrows and splash landing in the sea all around the group.
It is also home for half the UK Manx Shearwater population. Very recent research by Oxford University based on Skomer has suggested the shearwaters use the earth’s magnetic field to navigate their 7,500-mile migration to Argentinian waters.