Welsh islands and their seabird colonies have
long attracted outstanding research talent. The fascination they exert has helped to keep researchers committed to long-term studies, which over time become important evidence of the causes and effects of environmental change. We all benefit, not because these studies generate income for local communities, although they do, but because they enhance our reputation as a rewarding place to do research; richly endowed with nature, ours is a
country where learning counts, a culture sympathetic to the pursuit of knowledge and understanding.