Who: 18 to 29 year olds
When: 13 to 19 August 2018
Location: Skomer Island, off the Pembrokeshire coast, west Wales
Closing date: 21 May 2018
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Join VICTA for a five day residential conservation expedition on the volcanic island of Skomer, a National Nature Reserve off the coast of Pembrokeshire in west Wales. Managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales, the island is famed for its wildlife and is home to where around half the world’s population of Manx shearwaters nest (250,000 pairs) on the island.
The trip will provide time to explore and develop a solid understanding of the island’s geography and wild terrain through a number of walks incorporating the coastal perimeter and inland meadows. Walks will be timed to witness dawn and sunset, low and high tides, to maximise wildlife spotting and experience different wildlife behaviours. This will also include an exciting chance to observe baby Manx shearwaters beginning to fledge. All walks are curated to maximise light, shadow, colour, sound, smell and touch.
The coastal walks will also add the opportunity to identify the calls of, and spotting wildlife such as whales, dolphins and seals as well as provide the opportunity to develop an understanding of the island’s Iron Age history.
We will work with the wardens of the Welsh Wildlife Trust. They run an extensive research and monitoring programme with the aim of broadening knowledge and understanding of the species, communities and habitats found on Skomer. By promoting careful and responsible use of the island, our expedition will provide a hands-on demonstration of how habitats and wildlife are protected from damage and disturbance.
You will also have to navigate unknown and difficult terrain which will push you beyond your suburban comfort zones and require supreme teamwork to be able to navigate the island safely. As young people attuned to using technology to aid your daily lives, a ‘desert island’ environment will provide opportunities for you to strengthen key life skills such as problem solving, way finding and resourcefulness and interpersonal skills including discussion, collaboration and resilience.
John Muir Award
By taking part and completing this conservation expedition, you will be eligible for the John Muir ‘Discovery’ Award. This is an environmental award scheme that supports people to connect with, enjoy and care for nature, landscape and the natural environment.
- A great opportunity to meet other visually impaired people your age
- Increase your mobility and independence skills
- Eligibility to be awarded the John Muir ‘Discovery’ Award
- Gain hands-on experience working with conservation teams
- Develop team building skills
- Gain all of this while having a fun trip in a supportive, encouraging environment
Who can apply?
You must be:
- Blind or partially sighted
- At least 18 years old on 13 August 2018
- Aged 29 or under on 19 August 2018
- Willing and physically able to take part in walking tours over uneven ground, including steps
- Comfortable being away from modern comforts and communication devices over the duration of the trip
- Able to maintain your own personal hygiene