Author Archives: David Pickett, Reserve Manager

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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A change in the view

Just a couple of weeks ago permission was granted by the Scottish Government for 3 huge off-shore windfarms to be built off the Fife and Angus coast in the North Sea. A maximum total of nearly 450 turbines are planned  … Continue reading

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Forth leatherback

This amazing creature was found just last Thursday (23 Oct) within sight of the Isle of May just a mile off Dunbar. It is a leatherback turtle and to get an idea of its size it was 6 ft long … Continue reading

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Seals and Gonzalo

The seal season is really kicking off on the island. CEH seabird researchers Mark Newell and Carrie Gunn headed over on Monday to the island to search out shags to read their rings and Mark has reports back below with … Continue reading

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End of the season

Yesterday Bex and I came off the island to end our visitor season. I will still be going out to the island through the winter for day trips and the odd night and of course the seal researchers head out … Continue reading

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