cliff count 2

Counting sections of nesting seabirds on the island

Cliff counting 1

The impressive west cliffs hold a lot of birds!

West cliff view

Scale of the matter; Bex counting above the Angel

Monday 5th June comments: June is always a busy month on the island as its not just the height of the seabird breeding season but also peak time for the team on the island. Counters across many seabird colonies in the UK spend the first week or so of June counting all the nesting seabirds and we are no different.

The mammoth task of counting all the nesting Guillemots, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Shags and Fulmars on the cliffs was started on 1st June and if weather holds (which is hasn’t!) then we should be finished by the end of this week. Its a huge task which is undertaken annually to look at the breeding seabird population and trends. As normal, we’ll bring you the full results on the blog once we have crunched all the numbers.

Until then, we’re working long hours and counting lots of seabirds which is all part of living and working on an active seabird colony. Now back to counting…1…2…3….4…

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