Nature Reclaiming

Isle of May National Nature Reserve

Friday 9th February comments: The Isle of May has a well documented rich variety of human history dating back to the 7th Century and there is plenty of evidence of more recent human activity, especially during the World Wars.

The Island was a strategic location in the Firth of Forth and a number of buildings were erected for various uses during the second World War. These ranged from radar rooms to loop indictor rooms to help guard the forth and the important navel bases further up river. However the island is slowly changing as these buildings slowly disappear and nature reclaims.

The above photos were taken by Tom Weir in 1954 and its interesting to spot the differences. The most obvious is the area near the Beacon once occupied by a number of watch towers and is now home to the important ‘tern terraces’ with hundreds of nesting Arctic, Common and Sandwich Terns. The island is slowly and surely…

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