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Skomer: Portrait of a Welsh Island

Art / Photobook

By: Jane Matthews, Iolo Williams and Matthew Parris

159 pages, 100+ colour photos, 1 colour map


Paperback | Apr 2011 | Edition: 2 | #189938 | ISBN-13: 9781905582587
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About this book

Skomer Island is a National Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a world-renowned bird paradise and home to the world's largest colony of Manx Shearwaters. It is also home to author, painter and photographer Jane Matthews. In this new revised edition of the superb natural history book, Jane provides a close up of the island. Its six chapters illustrate the landscape, seasons, populations and the research that takes place throughout the year. A collection of over 100 full colour photographs, with contributions from Iolo Williams and Matthew Parris, this unique book encapsulates the beauty and magic of Skomer, an ideal gift for wildlife enthusiasts worldwide.

This second, revised, edition now contains the complete version of the poem "Bird Log" by Jeremy Grange, a section of which was accidentally omitted in the first edition.


Page 8 - Introduction
Page 16 - The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales
Page 18 - Flying hopefully into the night by Matthew Paris
Page 24 - Map of Skomer Island
Page 26 - Seasonal Timeline
Page 28 - Water
Page 56 - Landscape
Page 78 - Populations
Page 98 - Display
Page 116 - Routine
Page 134 - Nightlife
Page 144 - Bird Log
Page 152 - Skomer's Natural History
Page 154 - Contributors
Page 158 - Index

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Jane Matthews was born in Bristol in 1972, studied Fine Art at Oxford University and Art History at the Courtauld Institute in London. She was working as an artist in the television and film industry in London when she first went to Skomer for a week, as part of the Voluntary Warder scheme. There she met Juan, the Warden. Jane left London in 2003 and now lives on the island with Juan, their daughter Martha and about half a million seabirds. She paints, writes, takes photogrpahs, studies the Grey Seal breeding season and rarely misses London.

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