Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Haven Holiday

Martin's Haven in Pembrokeshire was the first stop on a family holiday to Pembrokeshire last week. The trip started inauspiciously: we had hired a classic VW camper van but the night before we were due to collect it the phone rang to say it had broken down and that no replacement was available. We considered camping but with gales forecast in the end we settled for some hastily arranged self-catering.


The plan was to arrive at Martin's Haven in good time for the 1000 boat to Skomer - even if we missed that we figured we could catch the 1100 or 1200. Arriving at the car park at 0930 we were met by a sign saying that all the landing tickets for the whole day had already sold out. It was not possible to book in advance, and by the look of various shattered punters in the car park some of them had got there very early to avoid disappointment.


Wheatear - not long out of the nest
We were all pretty down about this, but managed to book on to a round island cruise for later in the day, giving a few hours to enjoy the birdlife around Martin's Haven: Swallows nesting in the loos, Wheatears breeding on the heath, and Choughs foraging on the cliffs.


Vivid colours at Martin's Haven

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