Tuesday 14th November comments: The Isle of May NNR is a fabulous island, nestled into the mouth of the Firth of Forth and often described as the ‘Jewel of the Firth’. At this time of the year the national nature reserve is home to thousands of Grey Seals (over 2,500 pups are born annually) but not a lot else.
The landscape of the island has slowly changed as the vegetation has died back, the small number of stunted elder trees have had their leaves burnt off by the wind and salt and the seabirds have long gone.
Soon the last of the human inhabitants will depart, leaving the island to fall into a sleepy slumber for the winter months, with only the mice and rabbits and a few birds staying overwinter. However it won’t be long before this sleeping giant awakes as we’ll soon be welcoming spring and the seabird city will be back with us… to start all over again.