Skokholm and Skomer

Site overview: This site includes Skomer, Skokholm and Middleholm - three magnificent islands located off the south-west tip of Pembrokeshire, Wales.
The coastal habitats and cliffs here support an important resident population of chough - a member of the crow family with a red beak and legs.
Choughs are members of the crow family famed for their red beaks and legs! The islands also support a large number of breeding seabirds.

Designation Status
Last Updated
6 June 2017
MPA Type
Special Protection Area
MPA Purpose
areas of the most important habitat for rare (listed on Annex I to the Directive) and migratory birds within the European Union


51° 43' 13" North,
5° 17' 11" West

Surface Area

143.41 km2
(55.37 mi.2 )

Iconic features protected by this site


  • Marine areas, Sea inlets
  • Tidal rivers, Estuaries, Mud flats, Sand flats, Lagoons (including saltwork basins)


  • Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • European storm-petrel (Hydrobates pelagicus) (Annex I (species))
  • Manx shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)
  • Lesser black-backed gull (Larus fuscus) (Regularly occurring migratory species)