Author Archives: David Steel

Thank You for the Support

Friday 1st July comments: This is just a short blog post to thank everyone for their continued support and help. It’s certainly been a few hectic weeks as seabirds find themselves in turmoil following the spread of avian influenza. As … Continue reading

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Confirmation in Kittiwakes

Thursday 30th June comments: It’s been a turbulent week on the Isle of May and today we say a temporary goodbye to our visitors as we are closing the island due to the increasing issues surrounding avian influenza. As we … Continue reading

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Isle of May closes

Island nature reserves close to protect seabirds Monday 27th June comments: NatureScot’s Isle of May and Noss National Nature Reserves (NNRs) will be closed to public landings from 1 July to help protect vulnerable seabird populations from avian influenza. Scotland’s … Continue reading

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Sticking together

Just some of the amazing people who work with seabirds up and down the country Thursday 23rd June comments: Seabird colonies are incredible places; the sights, sounds and smells (!) make them one of most awe-inspiring places to visit in … Continue reading

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Chickies!

Wednesday 22nd June comments: Its been another busy period as our thoughts are still on avian influenza as we hear of seabirds and seabird colonies which are suffering. At present the Isle of May remains clear of the disease but … Continue reading

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Seabird update

Friday 17th June comments: Avian flu is present in the Firth of Forth, mainly in the Northern Gannet population and we will keep you updated with regards to the Isle of May seabirds, but today we thought we would concentrate … Continue reading

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Avian Influenza (bird flu)

Monday 13th June comments: The Isle of May was designated a National Nature Reserve in 1956 for its importance to seabirds as the island supports vast numbers of Guillemots, Kittiwakes, Puffins, Shags, Razorbills, Eider amongst many more. Over the last … Continue reading

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Busy times

Saturday 11th June comments: The Isle of May never sleeps at this time of year as the birds and the team living on the island are as busy as they’ll ever be. The various research teams, staff and volunteers are … Continue reading

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Spring in the tail

Top: male Bluethroat 2nd row: Red-backed Shrike (Hannah Greetham) 3rd row: Icterine Warbler (left) and Spotted Flycatcher (right) 4th row: Bird Obs team (left) and Wheatear (right) Thursday 9th June comments: The Isle of May is a significant wildlife location … Continue reading

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Stevenson remembered

Wednesday 8th June comments: Today marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Stevenson. The Steveson family designed most of Scotland’s lighthouses including our very own on the impressive Isle of May.   Scotland’s oldest lighthouse is called the … Continue reading

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