The last day on the island this week and some of the practical tasks tackled.
- The CEH researchers put up a temporary hide to study the puffins from, this has taken the place of the one that was obliterated by the winter storms.
- The compost heap was dug out and put into fish boxes ready for this years vege growing. The garlic planted last winter is already doing well.
- I am in training for the “hill”. The slope up from Kirkhaven to Fluke street seems steep at the beginning of the season but seems to get easier as the season goes on. But at least I don’t have to carry coal up it all day long like the first lighthouse keepers.
- The winter has taken its toll on the rabbit population. Food is short and the rabbits are easy pickings for the gulls, especially the great black backed gulls. So the paths are littered with carcasses and so to improve the “visitor experience” these have to be tossed as far off the paths as possible. My total so far with only about half of the paths done is over 50.