Steady Fulmars

Isle of May National Nature Reserve

Thursday 14th January comments: As part of the seabird series we are running on the blog, today we follow on with looking closely at the Fulmar as we reveal how the population levels are doing and what the national picture is all about.

During the 2020 full island census, the Isle of May supported 324 nesting pairs, a 16% increase on the previous season’s total. However it was still below the 2017 breeding figure of 341 pairs and way short of the all-time record of 369 pairs on 2001. In general, Fulmars have been doing well on the island although the population is fairly stable and is around the 300 pairs mark per year.

In contrast, the national picture is a bit more glum as Fulmars are not doing that well with almost a third of the population has declined between 1986-2018. During this period numbers in the…

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Bright Horizons

Isle of May National Nature Reserve

Tuesday 5th January comments: It’s a new year and a new season is just around the corner. However with yesterday’s (and Boxing day) news which effects all of the UK (sadly more Covid related lock-downs) we have to remain positive and look towards the future. I think we are going to need a lot more nature in our lives to help us get through this difficult time. So let me introduce you to the Isle of May…

The Isle of May lies at the mouth of the Firth of Forth about 8 kilometres (km) south-east of Anstruther in Fife and 17km north-east of North Berwick in Lothian. The island is characterised by a low lying and rocky eastern coast, and a west coast dominated by high cliffs. Although only 57 hectares (ha), it is of national and international importance for its seabird and seal colonies and was recognised…

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Happy New Year!

Isle of May National Nature Reserve

Happy New Year! Well we’ve put 2020 behind us (I can here the sigh of relief) and we can hopefully look forward to a positive new year. Over the month of January we’ll be bringing you all the news from the seabird breeding season 2020 including population figures with any news from the island at present.

We’ll also start building towards the new season (we open our doors on 1st April 2021) and will be bringing you details of how you can book boat trips, what to expect and when is the best time to visit. All of this and a lot more on the blog so keep checking us out as we say hello to a new season.

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