Sooooo my second and very exciting adventure of 2017 is taking me up into bonny Scotland to an Island off the North East coast in the Firth of Forth Estuary known as the “Isle of May”. This National Nature Reserve, managed by Scottish National Heritage, is home to some of the worlds most fascinating seabird species and is a busy busy place during the breeding season with populations of puffins, razorbills, guillemots, kittiwakes, shags, arctic terns, eider ducks as well as different gull species all returning to the Island to breed. It is also a fantastic place to spot migrant bird species, enjoy grey seals and even glimpse cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) with bottlenose dolphins being spotted on a pretty regular basis.
Having previously carried out fieldwork on the unbelievable Bass Rock last summer for my MSc thesis (home to over 150,000 Northern Gannets), I have already been given an insight into what its like to be amongst a seabird colony in the height of the breeding season, and so I am even more excited to be heading onto the May to work and live for the next 2 and a half months!
I will be posting updates of what I get up to in terms of seabird monitoring and hopefully be able to share my experiences of small island living- a new for me! Check out the fantastic Isle of May blog to see whats been happening since rangers and researchers moved on for the 2017 season!!