Happy 60th Birthday!

Paper article

Local newspaper (Fife Hearald) reporting the news in 1956

3 looking good but empty

Isle of May national Nature Reserve 60 this year

Cake

The impressive cake to celebrate

Fireplace

Looking good in the Main lighthouse

Mike cutting cake (K.Brockie)

Professor Mike Harris cutting the cake in his 44th season on the Isle of May (Keith Brockie)

Sunday 12th June comments: This year is a significant milestone in the Isle of May history as we are celebrating 60 years as a National Nature Reserve (NNR), the highest accolade a reserve can bestow (one of only 37 NNR in Scotland).

As part of the celebrations we invited all those with connections to the island on Saturday from ex-reserve staff and boatmen to researchers and Bird observatory folk to join us to celebrate the landmark (and enjoy a slice of cake or two). Professor Mike Harris, having worked 44 years on the island was asked to cut the cake whilst ex-wardens going back to the first from 1975 were in attendance.

It’s been an interesting sixty years since the May was declared an NNR with many highs and lows. Over the next few months, we’ll look back at what has changed (and what has not) in that time on the blog so watch out for those stories cropping up every now and then.

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