Tuesday 20th October comments: We’ve been building up to it but today the news is out that BBC Autumnwatch will be beaming live from the Isle of May next week. Main presenter Michaela Strachan will be based at our nearby Tentismuir NNR on the Fife coast but the team will have a live cameras set up to capture the drama of grey seals pupping on NatureScot’s Isle of May National Nature Reserve (NNR).
It’s a very exciting time as people will be able to enjoy the trials and tribulations of the grey seal colonies on the Isle of May from the comfort of their own home. The island supports almost 2,500 pups which are born each autumn at the reserve, making it one of the most significant grey seal pup nurseries in the UK. David Steel, who manages the Isle of May NNR, said: “The grey seal pupping season is one of the great autumn spectacles along our shores and each year the Isle of May is transformed as the youngsters take over.
“As the island is closed to visitors during the season to give the pups and mothers peace, it’s a spectacle that usually not many people get to witness. It’s fantastic that thanks to the Autumnwatch cameras this year we can bring all the joy and drama of the colony live to people right across the UK.”
Catch Autumnwatch at 8pm on BBC 2 from Tuesday 27th October. It’s going to be a roller coast so stay tuned and as always we’ll be bringing you the news and view behind the scenes from the island as it all unfolds. I hope you’ll enjoy.