Reinstate funding for Skomer Island's Guillemot monitoring

Natural Resources Wales have cut the £12,000 annual funding they provide for the ongoing Guillemot monitoring study on Skomer Island. This is a hugely important study, and gives valuable insights into seabird life and what affects their populations. Not only is it a shame to end such a long-running (and therefore valuable) data set, but the cut couldn't have come at a worse time, considering the huge impact the recent storms have had on seabird populations (current death toll 25,000 and rising).
This is a very bad decision on the part of Natural Resources Wales, and we'd like to see it amended.


  • David Fidler £12,000 is nothing of the budget that NRW have, and the dataset in question is so powerful and important to understanding seabird populations, especially given the recent weather. This study should be allowed to continue!

  • Rob Thomas Long term datasets such as this are essential for tracking the impacts of climate and pollution on Wales' ecosystems. NRW should treat the environment as a resource to protect rather than as a resource for humans to exploit!

  • Katherine A Jones I am ashamed to live in Wales. Interesting to note the new logo cost £7625. Are cuts to wildlife conservation the price of restructuring?

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    2 days ago Comments: Oscar Wilde: "What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing." Long dataset studies are the absolute cornerstones in ecology. That it has come to this is a disgrace.
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