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    A wildlife trust has raised more than £100,000 just six weeks after launching an appeal to buy a lighthouse, three miles off Pembrokeshire.

    NewsBird NewsThursday 13 October 2011
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    The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales needs to find £250,000 to purchase the building and cliff face on Skokholm island.

    The island is one of the UK's most spectacular havens for sea birds, and the trust already owns most of it.

    Plans include turning the lighthouse, built in 1916, into visitor accommodation for people to see up close the colonies of Manx shearwater and storm petrels.

    The trust wants to purchase the land around the lighthouse as this has one of the densest populations of Manx shearwaters in the world, but the land is fragile near the birds' nesting burrows.

    Skokholm, with its nearby sister island, Skomer, is thought to the breeding home of roughly 50% of the world population of the species.

    The trust has until the end of the year to raise the money to head off the possibility of the lighthouse being put on to the open market.

    Source: BBC News

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