Bright Horizons

Tuesday 5th January comments: It’s a new year and a new season is just around the corner. However with yesterday’s (and Boxing day) news which effects all of the UK (sadly more Covid related lock-downs) we have to remain positive and look towards the future. I think we are going to need a lot more nature in our lives to help us get through this difficult time. So let me introduce you to the Isle of May…

The Isle of May lies at the mouth of the Firth of Forth about 8 kilometres (km) south-east of Anstruther in Fife and 17km north-east of North Berwick in Lothian. The island is characterised by a low lying and rocky eastern coast, and a west coast dominated by high cliffs. Although only 57 hectares (ha), it is of national and international importance for its seabird and seal colonies and was recognised as such as it was declared a national nature reserve in 1956.

The island has many designations for its wildlife but also has a long maritime and ecclesiastical history as a number of buildings on the island are designated as either ancient monuments or listed buildings. To read the full story of the Isle of May check out our website with all the details: https://www.nature.scot/enjoying-outdoors/scotlands-national-nature-reserves/isle-may-national-nature-reserve

As well as the blog we are on various forms of social media including our own designated facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/isleofmayNNR/ You can also follow the daily goings on from the island on twitter from our NatureScot staff including David Steel @SteelySeabirder and Bex Outram: @BexOutram or further afield with our Fife team @ForthNatureScot

So you have no excuse for not following all the islands news and tomorrow we’ll kick start the new year off with a mini-series about our seabirds; introducing each species, how they did last season and where are they at this very moment in time? There is a lot to learn…

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