Tuesday 10th November comments: The Isle of May has certainly changed over the last few weeks as it is well and truly a Seal island now. Even getting about on the main ‘road’ system is proving tricky as the Grey Seals are pupping just about everywhere.
The May was only colonised in relatively recent times (the late 1970’s) but now it boasts one of the largest colonies in the UK (the biggest on the east coast). It’s impressive just how far up the island pregnant cows will haul themselves to pup, some as far as the visitor centre and beyond.
If cows are successful in rearing their pup, then they generally return to the same spot (in some cases to within a few metres) of where they pupped the previous season. As the May offers plenty of safe nursery grounds, then the colony will continue to thrive and hopefully increase.
So life continues on the May but we have to be careful when we go out as there are seals about!