Head for Heights (or Summit)

The SNH team being trained to use ropes on the cliff tops

The SNH team being trained to use ropes on the cliff tops

Training in process

Training in process

Bex checking some nests...

Bex checking some nests…

It's a long way down...

It’s a long way down…

Wednesday 22nd April comments: Today the Isle of May has been basking in glorious sunshine and due to very low tides the island has been closed to visitors. However that gave us the opportunity to continue to prepare for the summer months and today it was all about the cliff tops (and how to work on them!).

The Isle of May boasts some impressive cliffs (up to 200t tall) and as a team we have to access them to enable us to complete seabird population counts and carry out vital monitoring work. Its’ an important job but one we need training in, so we have spent the day been trained in rope safety work and best practice on the cliff tops.

It’s been a great day to be out on the cliffs and we’re now fully prepared for the summer months so let counting commence! The island is open to the public again tomorrow (Thursday) and boats will sail from Anstruther at 09:15. It may be time to visit…

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