Author Archives: David Pickett, Reserve Manager

From a rock to a soft place

Well this is the end of my last working day at the Reserve Manager of the Isle of May NNR. I am leaving to go back to working at Flanders Moss NNR, a large peatland in the Forth valley.  I … Continue reading

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Have Your Say

The Isle of May National Nature Reserve (NNR) is a fantastic nature reserve with an internationally important breeding seabird and grey seal island. We (Scottish Natural Heritage) manage the island and this management is laid out for all to see … Continue reading

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Rough out there

I am on the Mainland at the moment and can’t help think about the seal researchers out on the island at the moment. The weather has been wild, yesterday the island was appearing and disappearing as squalls of sleat and … Continue reading

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More than just seals

Though the seals dominate at this time of year there are still other things of interest. It might be mid-November but migration is still happening, birds are moving. Several hundred thrushes are across the island constantly moving and calling. Blackbirds, … Continue reading

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What do the seal researchers do on the May?

The Isle of May is at the fore front of seal research and I am very pleased to get the chance to see some of it going on on the island. Here are just a few of the things the … Continue reading

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Seal island

I am out on the island for a couple of nights to see how the seal researchers are doing in the middle of seal season. At the moment seals rule and people have to fit around them. Large parts of … Continue reading

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So how many visitors made it to the May this year?

Well the numbers have been added up and the results are in. It has been another fantastic year for visitors coming out to the May. 2013’s total of 10890 beat the previous record year ( 2011) by over 1500 visitors … Continue reading

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The Isle of May and the Sea Roads

Before cars, trains and planes, roads, rails and flight paths, the fastest and surest way of travel was by boat. Rivers, estuaries, lochs and the sea would have all seen constant traffic and the Isle of May was in the … Continue reading

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Kirkhaven closed

For the month of November Kirkhaven, the only proper jetty and harbour on the island, is closed. It has become taken over by the seals and like us it is an easy place for them to get onto the land … Continue reading

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Uncovered – wartime U-boat protection

Looking at the island now it is hard to imagine the hive of activity that went on during the world wars. Recent heavy weather uncovered a sign of just one part of that activity. During both wars the purpose of … Continue reading

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