Monday 3rd October comments: Yesterday saw the final visitor boats to the island for another season, and what a season it has been…we managed to reach over 12,000 people stepping on the island. With a combination of good weather for sailings, impressive seabirds and the Main Light opening with art exhibition we have attracted a record number of people stepping on to the island in a season. This is a great achievement and means we have reached more people than ever, educating and sharing the wonders of the May!
To celebrate the final weekend, we put on a seal event; to showcase the Grey Seal and the research that goes on during the winter months. Kimberley from Abertay University and Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), a regular to the island, has conducted various research projects on the seals and is now looking at how pollution affects the seals. She set up in the visitor center, talking about the research and seals along with an impressive seal skeleton.
We also had scopes set up at the North end to see the seals up close, we were hopeful that a pup would be out on show, but as with nature they didn’t play ball. The pups that have born so far are in an area inaccessible to the public and away from prying eyes, but there were still plenty of the adults lounging about the rocks and swimming in the shallows of the island and gave a good show.
Thank you to everyone who has visited this special little island in the Forth and hope to see you again next year for more wildlife experiences.