Author Archives: David Steel

Winter Wanderers

Tuesday 27th November comments: Over the last two months the Isle of May has been dominated by Grey Seals with not a seabird in sight. Our breeding birds are long gone but we often get asked the question; where are … Continue reading

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We’re off!

Thursday 22nd November comments: End of a season on the Isle of May. As darker nights arrive, temperatures drop and Christmas approaches it was time for one final change on the Isle of May; the island staff have departed. We’ve … Continue reading

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Fight club

Wednesday 21st November comments: Its mid-November, it’s the Isle of May and that only means one thing; bull time! Adult male Grey Seals are called bulls and some weigh up to 40 stone and don’t you know it! Grey Seal … Continue reading

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Citizen Science

Saturday 17th November comments: One thing that is noticeable on the Isle of May (other than seals galore) is the number of Great Black-backed Gulls. These huge Gulls (they can eat Puffins) nest in small numbers on the May although at … Continue reading

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Survival of the Fattest

Thursday 15th November comments: The Isle of May is changing once again. The number of Grey Seal pup births has peaked and the colonies are super active. Huge numbers of seals now dominate the landscape and we really are on … Continue reading

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Seal Peak

Tuesday 13th November comments: The takeover of the Isle of May is complete. As the photographs show, the Grey Seal colony now is peaking with a lot of cows, bulls and young pups present. The south end of the island is completely … Continue reading

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May-be Shortie

Sunday 11th November comments: Bird migration on the Isle of May is slowly and surely coming to an end. With the onset of winter, many birds have now moved through the island either heading south or into the UK for the … Continue reading

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