Spring is a great time of year for us here at Sea Kayaking Anglesey and one of our favourite trips is to get out to the Skerries to see the Arctic terns 'dreading'.
The Skerries is the largest breeding ground of Arctic terns in the country with over 2,000 breeding pairs nesting there last year. The islands, which are owned by Trinity House are a SSSI and have a couple of RSPB wardens on them during the nesting season to monitor and protect the nesting birds.
The terns regularly 'dread' which involves 1,000's of them flying off their nests and swooping out to sea in great flocks for a few circles before returning to their nests, squawking and pecking one another as they go.
If you are visiting the Skerries by sea kayak I suggest you land in the harbour and then climb the steps to the East side of the lighthouse where you will normally find the wardens. If you send someone up ahead to check if this is OK with the wardens as the terns nest on the paths and their eggs are hard to spot. The RSPB wardens appreciate a nice bottle of wine if you are planning on paddling out to there this year.
If you want to plan the trip yourself then a good starting point is using the Welsh Sea Kayaking guide book. It will warn you that this is quite an advanced trip, and they are right, but if you pick your weather window and get your tidal planning right its well worth the effort. If you feel you need a little more experience before doing the trip yourself then check out our courses and you never know, with a a favourable forecast we might take a trip out there.
About the author
About the author
If in doubt, you’ll find him in a sea kayak, surfing the endless waves of the outer race at Anglesey’s South Stack. Famed for its countless swirling currents, cliffs, caves, wildlife and a feeling of seclusion, Anglesey is a natural choice of home for the adventurous sea paddler, and the perfect spot for Phil.