Out of Africa and off the Farnes

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Introducing Bex Outram, the new Assistant Reserve Manager for the Isle of May NNR.

“I have just finished my first week on the island and what an experience, first coming over in the RIB in pouring raining to be dropped off at a building site, not seeing the mainland for three days and having to find my way around a new island.  All this is the fun of living on island for seven months, having worked on the Farne Islands for three seasons I am quite prepared for all the logistical issues of island life.  The sun eventually came out and I am now settled in and getting into to the swing of things and welcoming visitors to the island.

The breeding birds are starting to arrive but I can’t wait until we are in the middle of it all and having to count these amazing birds, it’s a bit daunting standing a 45meter cliff counting thousands of guillemots but I’m looking forward to it!”

Bex has previously worked in South Africa and 3 seasons on the seabird paradise of the Farnes so is already well experienced in all things wild and seabirdish.  She has started in the middle of the biggest building project the island has seen for 60+ years so things are a bit chaotic but having a fantastic new building to use also makes it an exciting time to start. If you make a visit in the season then say hello to her.

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