Author Archives: David Steel

Thank-you everyone!

Friday 27th November comments: The dust is settling as we finally can say that the Isle of May is officially closed for another season. At times it has been a difficult season and like the vast majority of nature reserves … Continue reading

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Goodbye IOM 2020

Thursday 26th November comments: We’ve been building up to it but we can now officially say the Isle of May is closed for the 2020 season (well apart from some mop up research and maintenance trips). It’s been a strange … Continue reading

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Ready to go…

Wednesday 25th November comments: We edge closer to leaving the island as the end of the season is close (more on that tomorrow) but the Grey Seal breeding season continues as more pups reach independence. Across the Isle plenty of … Continue reading

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Seal colonies

Monday 23rd November comments: As we continue to close down the Isle of May for another year (not long before we shut it down) the Seal colonies across the island are still very active with pups of all ages present. … Continue reading

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Preparing for closing

Sunday 22nd November comments: Its been a strange and unforgettable year (for almost all the wrong reasons) but the wildlife of the Isle of May has continued with life as normal throughout the seasons. The spring period saw the closure … Continue reading

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Meet the Moles…

Friday 20th November comments: Whilst some females Grey Seals move around looking for space to give birth and the bulls are fighting (boys will be boys) the Grey Seal pups of the Isle of May are just getting on with … Continue reading

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Hard Working Mums

Tuesday 17th November comments: It’s been a busy month or so as the island has transformed into a major Grey Seal nursery since late September. Whilst we worried about the lack of seals present in mid-September, we are now full … Continue reading

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Here come the boys…

Sunday 15th November comments: The season continues to change and the number of pups has now peaked across the Isle of May but it’s not all sweetness and light as here come the boys (known as bulls). Slowly and surely … Continue reading

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Selkies

Saturday 14th November comments: The Isle of May is well renowned for its Grey Seal colonies but do we have Selkies… and what we are talking about? Well lets explain. As we are an island on the Scottish east coast … Continue reading

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Owls on the May

Thursday 12th November comments: Migration is a wonderful thing as places like the Isle of May see the action from start to finish (and we are very privileged to do so). During the early spring, seabirds are returning whilst thousands … Continue reading

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