Friday 16th December comments: It appears to have been a good autumn on the Isle of May for the Grey Seal population…but time will tell! A number of east coast colonies manually count the number of pups born at their respective sites but the research team from Sea Mammal Research Unit use aerial survey techniques to count the Isle of May populations.
As a result we’ll wait and see how many pups have been born but in the mean time it appears a healthy number at ground level. Elsewhere we are seeing a pup boom down the east coast with the latest colony counts including 2,238 at Farne Islands (Northumberland), 1,926 at Donna Nook (Lincs), 2,242 at Blakeney Point (Norfolk) and 493 at Horsey (Norfolk).
Other colonies which are thriving (but counts not yet in) include Fast Castle and the other Forth Islands and its certainly been a productive autumn. However this is all slowly coming to an end as the number of births has dwindled in recent weeks and soon the Seals will have gone back out to sea and the island will be dormant. Time for Christmas.