Monthly Archives: August 2021

Migration season

Tuesday 31st August 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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Whale of a time

Sunday 29th August comments: Without doubt the best opportunity to see a cetacean (whale or dolphin) in Isle of May waters is to visit during August-September. In recent days we’ve had a Minke Whale resident which showed well yesterday for … Continue reading

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Fulmar fun…

Saturday 28th August comments: Even as we enter late-August and the seabird breeding season is virtually finished, we still have work to do. Over the last few weeks we’ve been working with our Fulmars and that may sound reasonable (it’s … Continue reading

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First and last…

Wednesday 25th August comments: Yesterday was a significant day as we said goodbye to our last Arctic tern fledgling and hello to our first fulmar fledging. Let us explain… Our Arctic terns have been nesting on the island throughout the … Continue reading

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Butterfly Time

Tuesday 24th August comments: The weather on the island has been mixed of recent (yesterday we had drizzle and fog in the morning with glorious sunshine and high temperatures in the afternoon!) However whilst our weather is not guaranteed, we … Continue reading

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Populations so far

Monday 23rd August comments: Over the last week or so we’ve been releasing the news of the population counts of several seabirds from this summer. overall the news was good with several species increasing or populations stable. However it doesn’t … Continue reading

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Tern Time

17th August comments: Terns on the Isle of May fluctuate fairly often with on average holding around 400 breeding pairs of Arctic and 20 common terns. They can be transient species and will often move between colonies especially if they … Continue reading

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Old and New

15th August comments: Today is the tale of our prehistoric-like birds, the Shags and Cormorants. Shag numbers on the Isle of May are nowhere near what they used to be at their peak in the mid-1980’s, when 1,916 breeding pairs were recorded. … Continue reading

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Fulmar Fortunes

Thursday 12th August comments: Fulmars have quite a remarkable story in the UK, before the 1900’s Fulmars only bred on St Kilda and since then they have colonised many parts of the UK coastline. Populations rapidly increased throughout most of the … Continue reading

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Kittiwakes!

Wednesday 11th August comments: Our oceanic gull, the Kittiwake is quite possibly the noisiest bird on the island, but the sound isn’t quite as deafening as it used to be! Numbers have declined since the early 1990’s, when at their … Continue reading

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