Friday 22nd November comments: People often wonder what goes on behind the scenes of the Isle of May when the staff are not on the island. Well we’ve been busy settling back into mainland life (remembering what roads are and that Christmas really has taken over) but we’ve also been busy in many other ways.
On Monday BBC Radio Scotland carried out a live interview asking all about the island and our escape for the winter (we do live a unique lifestyle after all) whilst on Tuesday evening the Isle of May staff attended a parliamentary event at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood in Edinburgh as part of the wider SNH event celebrating National Nature Reserves (NNR’s). The event was a celebration of all the work we do on these magnificent areas of Scotland (SNH manage all or part of a whopping 29 National Nature Reserves) and to showcase the incredible opportunities the NNR’s can provide to the local community. It was also an opportunity to showcase the variety of partners we work alongside as on the Isle of May we work with everyone from various seabird research organisations to local Scout and school group. Our hash tag of #connectingpeopleandnature and we like to think we certainly do that.
Moving on, on Wednesday morning a Tern management meeting brought together expertise from around the First of Forth from different organisations to talk about the 2019 ‘Tern season’ and also to discuss ideas for next year (yes we’ve already started planning). That same evening an Isle of May Bird Observatory committee meeting brought together the Trust and discussions were based around the season of birding and ringing on the island.
And so finally onto this weekend, when I’ll be speaking at the SOC (Scottish Ornithologist Club) conference at Pitlochry on Seabirds of Scotland. The annual event attracts over 200 delegates and the talk featuring Seabirds of Scotland will take place on Saturday afternoon and is a chance to showcase the brilliance of seabirds. So as you can see, it’s all go although a trip is scheduled back out to the May very soon so we’ll bring you islands news along the way.