All Aboard the May

 

David steel started working on islands and with Puffins from 2001

David Steel started working on islands and with puffins from 2001

A little bit older (and whiter) and no the new Reserve Manager

A little bit older (and whiter) and now the new Reserve Manager

Dawn of a new season and a new era over the Isle of May

Dawn of a new season and a new era over the Isle of May

'Jewel of the Forth'; Isle of May National Nature Reserve

‘Jewel of the Forth’; Isle of May National Nature Reserve

Quiet with no Puffins but that will all change soon...

Quiet with no puffins but that will all change soon…

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.

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