Snowfall

The main accommodation block on the island, Fluke street and Loch covered in snow
The Low Light (the Bird observatory) looking impressive
The loch completely frozen
Footprints in the snow
Frozen cold island
Three Tarn Nick well and truly solid

Friday 12th February comments: It’s not every day we see snow on the Isle of May and it’s been a rare event in the past decade. The most significant snowfall of recent times occurred in late February-early March 2018 when the ‘beast from the east’ dropped a lot on the island with drifts blocking pathways and roads.

Three years on and this February we’ve experienced some cold conditions with temperatures plummeting to -10 degrees on the nearby mainland which has brought plenty of snowfall. As you can see in the photographs, the Isle of May has not escaped it either (it looks stunning in the snow). The conditions and snowfall have not been as extreme as March 2018 but it is still causing problems for seabirds. Thankfully yesterday the wind and sea state had eased allowing calmer conditions to return to give birds such as our Shags and Guillemots a chance to feed.

Away from the problems, it’s just nice to share some stunning images of the island in the snow and it’s hard to believe that this place will be covered in thousands of Puffins and other seabirds in less than eight weeks time… the season is growing ever closer…    

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