Monthly Archives: May 2020

The Percentage game

Friday 29th May comments: As we approach the end of May (where has time gone?) and like many seabird colonies in the UK, the Isle of May is fast approaching the crucial part of the season. Over the next two … Continue reading

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Killer Whales…5 years ago!

(Photos Stuart Rivers) Thursday 28th May comments; We sometimes look back at great wildlife moments and experiences we’ve had on the Isle of May NNR over the years and without doubt one great memory stands out on this day five … Continue reading

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Eider Down!

(all photos above Ella Benninghaus) Friday 22nd May comments: Its that time of year…Eider ducklings are on the march. Over the last few weeks Eider ducklings have been hatching across the Isle of May and gradually leaving for the nearby … Continue reading

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Beautiful Butterflies

Small Tortoiseshell (left) and Painted Lady (right) Peacock (left) and Speckled Wood (right) Thursday 21st May comments: Butterflies are far less diverse than moths, in total the Isle of May has recorded 16 different species of butterfly compared to 250 … Continue reading

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Creatures of the Night

Monday 18th May comments: Over the last twenty years island residents have been recording all the different moth species that appear on the Isle of May. This is done through ‘moth trapping’ during the night when moths are drawn to … Continue reading

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Meet the Kittiwake

Saturday 16th May comments: We continue our series of ‘meet the seabird’ and today we introduce the gentle gull of the cliffs; the Kittiwake. Kittiwakes (also known as Black-legged Kittiwakes) are generally pelagic birds of the arctic and subarctic regions … Continue reading

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Isle of May Bird Observatory

Wednesday 13th May comments: Over the last few day’s we’ve featured the bird migrants and the early pioneers who studied those birds on the island. Today we bring you the story of the next generation of ornithologists and what it … Continue reading

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Baxter and Rintoul

Tuesday 12th May comments: In yesterday’s blog we highlighted the importance of the island to migrant birds but it has also been important to the study of birds. In the early 20th century two women; Evelyn Baxter and Leonora Rintoul … Continue reading

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Migrant May

Monday 11th May comments: The Isle of May is internationally important for its breeding seabird assemblage and its Grey Seal nurseries in the autumn. However did you know it is important for migratory birds as well? At this time of … Continue reading

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Seabird City

Friday 8th May comments: The Isle of May will now be brimming with seabirds as the seabird city will be alive and well. Seabird breeding season are very protracted from the first eggs of the Shag in late March to … Continue reading

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