Flaming June

The lower cliff nesters especially Guillemots were in serious trouble...(Bex Outram)

The lower cliff nesters especially Guillemots were in serious trouble…(Bex Outram)

All a bit bleak as the west cliffs get hammered

All a bit bleak as the west cliffs get hammered

The Low light with a windy looking sea

The Low light with a windy looking sea

A few ruffled feathers as kittiwakes brave the worst of the weather

A few ruffled feathers as kittiwakes brave the worst of the weather

Even the nests on the cliff sides were starting to blow off!

Even the nests on the cliff sides were starting to blow off!

Tuesday 2nd June comments: Glorious sunshine, flat calm seas, temperatures peaking into their high twenties…or maybe not. What has happened to the weather? When the season started we little envisaged that we would have low temperatures and open fire on in early June but that is the reality of it all.

The weather continues to play havoc for seabirds and visitors alike as once again we were closed due to strong winds and high seas (the shipping forecast mentioned gales in all areas!)  However more pressing was the impact the strong winds are having on our seabirds…

The tall west facing cliffs have been battered in the last 24 hours but thankfully the majority of the cliff nesting species just hunkered down and got on with it. However a low shelf of nesting Guillemots were not as fortunate as chicks and eggs were swamped and lost to the sea.

It’s a cruel harsh world at times but as seabirds are such long living birds, they’ll bounce back next breeding season. Now we just want some calm sunny weather and things will return to normal and we can all start enjoying summer…

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