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The impressive Isle of May west cliffs

The impressive Isle of May west cliffs

Early nesters; some Shags are now incubating eggs

Early nesters; some Shags are now incubating eggs

Fans favourite! Puffins returning in good numbers to the largest east coast colony

Fans favourite! Puffins returning in good numbers to the largest east coast colony

Kittiwakes returning from far flung wintering grounds

Kittiwakes returning from far flung wintering grounds

Sunday 29th March comments: The clocks have sprung forward, the lighter nights are here and that means just one thing; the Isle of May is open to visitors! The island officially opens to the public on 1st April and will remain open until the end of September.

If you’ve never been to this hidden gem, then I recommend a trip out as you get the opportunity to spend three hours enjoying the impressive ‘Jewel of the Forth’ which is home to over 200,000 seabirds including the largest Puffin colony on the east coast of the UK. With no landing fee, it’s well worth the boat fee to visit this magical place.

At this moment the majority of seabirds are just returning from far flung winter destinations although small numbers of Shags are now nesting having been encouraged by the mild late winter. Over the next few weeks even more will return so why no see what you’ve been missing?  For further boat information please see below.

Boat trips to the Isle of May (3 hours on the island, no entrance charge)

May Princess (leaves from Anstruther): http://www.isleofmayferry.com/

Osprey Rib (leaves from Anstruther): http://www.isleofmayboattrips.co.uk/

Seabird Centre Rib (leaves from North Berwick): http://www.seabird.org/boats/isle-of-may-landings/14/160

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