Thank You Bird Obs

Tuesday 8th November comments: Due to the poor weekend weather (heavy seas) there was a slight delay to proceedings but the work party departed the island early this morning having closed the Isle of May Bird Observatory for the season.

The Isle of May Bird Observatory ( has been open since 1st April and during that time residents have helped ring thousands of birds and record a record number of bird species (currently standing at an impressive 178 species) for the year. Although it is the oldest continually run Bird Observatory in the UK (started in 1934) it celebrated 70 years of residence at the ‘Low Light’ cottage, a building the Bird Observatory took over following the end of the Second World War in April 1946.

Its been a great pleasure to meet so many different Bird Observatory residents throughout the year and share the magic that is the Isle of May and hopefully many of you will return next season. It’s been a great season for migrant and breeding birds and we look forward to next spring. I’ll be toasting with a single malt this evening to the Bird Obs and to all those who make it happen. Cheers and bring on 2017!

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