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Wednesday 22nd January comments: Winter is a time of cold temperatures (!) heavy seas and short daylight hours and it’s one of the reasons why our seabirds depart the May and head elsewhere (they are seabirds after all and many … Continue reading

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Puffins in the winter

Wednesday 15th January comments: As Scotland and northern England is lashed by the latest winter storms (we must thank Storm Brendan for this latest episode) we often find ourselves bemoaning the winter weather but have you ever thought about birds, … Continue reading

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Owl time

Sunday 12th January comments: The Isle of May is very quiet at the moment. The last of the Grey Seals have departed the breeding grounds, small numbers of seabirds linger on the peripheries to utilise the island to roost whilst … Continue reading

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Winter slumber

Monday 6th January comments: Just before Christmas we made our final visit of the decade to the Isle of May to lock the place down and check everything was in good working order. The last of the Grey Seal pups were … Continue reading

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2020 – are you ready?

Thursday 2nd January comments: Happy New Year to everyone and we hope you all had a very enjoyable festive period and welcome to a new decade and a new year; 2020! Although the new Isle of May season is some … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Isle of May National Nature Reserve Team We wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Puffin-filled New Year and we look forward to bringing you all the news and stories from the island in 2019. … Continue reading

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Final round-up

Top: Waxwing (left) and Long-eared Owl (right) Bottom: Pallas’s Warbler (both) Saturday 21st December comments: The final installment of the rare and scarce bird round up for the island saw the closure of the Bird Observatory in early November followed … Continue reading

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