Tuesday 24th February comments: Welcome to a new season and welcome to a new reserve manager! For those who don’t know me, my name is David Steel and I’ve spent the last fourteen years living and working on the Farne islands off the north Northumberland coast. So I’m no stranger to islands or seabirds. However it’s a new adventure as this year I’ll be managing the fabulous Isle of May NNR and I hope you can all join me for the journey ahead…
So here we go, another island, another adventure, let the season commence!
The ‘May’ is a big island, almost one mile long by half-mile wide and during the summer months it’s crammed with wildlife. Over 46,000 pairs of puffins make the island their home representing one of the biggest puffin colonies in the UK. It’s not all just about puffins, as the island supports a plethora of different breeding seabirds as well as a very large grey seal colony.
On top of the ‘usual’ residents, the island has some impressive human history and I’ll be bringing more of that soon. Over the course of the next seven months we’ll be bringing you all the highs and lows of the season and what really happens behind the scenes living and working on a small remote island in the North Sea. It’s not going to be dull and we look forward to sharing it with you all. So join us.