Nosy Neighbours

Wednesday 9th November comments: Someone once said; never work with wildlife. For all that we love our jobs on the Isle of May, there is always something new and surprising to learn even after all these years. NatureScot National Nature Reserve staff live on the island from mid-March to mid-November and we have the delight of seeing and watching some fabulous wildlife during that time. We also have close encounters which will last a life time. However today was maybe a step too far…

Fluke Street are former lighthouse keepers cottages which are now home to island staff. During the summer months up to 18 people can live here, working on all aspects of the reserve. These are the buildings…

This morning having completed an early morning round of the island we returned to the accommodation block and to our surprise we found this…

Yes an adult cow seal with her pup! In all honesty, it wasn’t the best place to be as the area they were lounging is the main entrance to the house, store rooms and workshop! The mother had not given birth here as she was at the visitor centre the previous few days which is 200m down the track. However overnight the pup and mum had wriggled up and had decided to take a rest in this most inconvenient of spots! Credit to the animals, the island belongs to them as it’s the main seal pupping season but maybe this was a step too far. Thankfully after an hour or so, the pair decided that Fluke Street wasn’t to their liking and have started moving back down, thankfully!

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