Dormant February

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The priory and the cold Isle of May

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No seabirds and not much else

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The Loch and the banksides looking lifeless

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However life is on its way….

Friday 21st February comments: Visits to the Isle of May at this time of year are often brief as deliveries are dropped, contractors are organised but the island is generally left to sleep in its winter slumber. The weather of recent (will these storms ever stop?) have also curtailed any serious attempts to get to the island but with any weather windows we make the most of the drop in weather and head out for various reasons.

On Wednesday we took advantage to drop off more supplies and fuel as the preparations continue for the new season ahead but we weren’t long back before the next storm hit. It’s always good to visit the island during the winter months as it gives us an opportunity to check on the place and more importantly check for any winter storm damage. I’m glad to report all was well although the island does look bleak and cold at this time of year. The seals have long gone, the vegetation is dead and it’s often hard to believe that it will become a thriving seabird metropolis in just a matter of months.

However there are signs of life as deep down in the broken soil, the first signs of germination of sea campion are starting to spring up and soon we’ll have life galore across the island. The seabirds are not too far away either, as good numbers of Guillemot and Razorbills are present in the islands waters whilst Shags roost nightly on the island. It won’t be that long before we expect other seabirds such as Kittiwakes and Puffins, but we could do with the wind dropping… but that’s another story.

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