When you come out to the island I am going to suggest you do something a bit radical, try dragging your eyes away from the stunning and breathtaking seabird spectacle, not for long, but long enough to take in the plant covering of the island. For thosewho have missed it or can’t make it out to the island consider this a bit of a tour of the island.
The island is looking a bit shaggy at the moment. A combination of few rabbits, a mild winter, warm weather, lots of sun and plenty of rain means that the plant life on the island has grown like never before. For those familiar with the island it gives a very different view, for those visiting it gives a multitude of visual pleasures if you take the chance to look.
And the amazing carpet of thrift is still in flower in places with silverweed filling gaps.
Up at the Beacon on the top of the island the henbane has gone wild. We have never seen quite so much of it. The unusual flowers are not everyone’s cup of tea and certainly it has an unusual perfume, that of very old, wet socks.
Even the very common hogweed is looking stunning. Its flowers are like airports for insects and are absolutely humming with activity and seen in a great patch it gives the island a fantastic covering. So remeember it is not just birds out here, there is so much else to see.