Lets Talk Weather…

Friday’s weather forecast for the Isle of May = grim!

Thursday 20th May Comments: We think it is fair to say that the weather (as always?) has been a talking point on the Isle of May this year. We witnessed a severe early February with snow and then a beautiful late March with record temperatures at that time of year. However since then it has been generally a cold spring, with northerly winds dominating bringing lower than average temperatures. We’ve also had some long dry spells and some intense wet spells and it looks like another is about to hit us tomorrow…

Despite all of this, Seabirds are extremely hardy (after all several species do spend their entire winter out at sea) so a bit more cold and rain won’t affect them will it? At present the majority of seabirds are incubating eggs and will hunker down to protect their eggs. Puffins nest underground and will be relatively safe as long as the burrow don’t flood. The more vulnerable are those with chicks (like the early nesting Shags) which will need to keep their young warm, whilst some of the cliff nesters low down will be wary of the perils of heavy seas and big waves washing them away (and their eggs).

It’s a tough life being a seabird and we hope tomorrows storm will just blow through quickly and life can get back to normal on the Isle of May. We’ll soon see the first puffin, razorbill and guillemot chicks hatching which is wonderful news as we continue to crank up towards the height of the seabird breeding season.   

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