Isle of May (Scotland)

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Isle of May (Scotland)

Isle of May (Scotland)

Situated on the east coast of Scotland, the Isle of May lies at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, 5 miles south-east of the Fife coast. It is about 1.6 km long and 0.5 km wide.

The island is a national nature reserve and is owned by Scottish Natural Heritage. The Low Light, where observatory visitors stay, is leased from Scottish Natural Heritage. The Observatory does not employ a full-time warden, though SNH employ 2 summer wardens on the island between March and September.

The island is of hard volcanic rock and rises at the west side sloping gently to sea-level to the east. The west coast is largely vertical sea cliffs which are occupied in the breeding season by large numbers of Razorbill, Guillemot and Kittiwake. There are also large numbers of breeding Puffins, Shags , Gulls, Eiders and terns, the Puffins have also been the subject of much scientific study.

The Observatory was founded in 1934 and migration studies have continued since that time. Helgoland traps erected around the island account for most of the migrants trapped for ringing but mist nets are also used.

It is worth noting that while Blue Tit has been recorded fewer than 10 times, species such as Bluethroat, Icterine Warbler, Barred Warbler and Wryneck are caught and ringed almost every annually.

Accommodation is provided for visitors in the Low Light which houses not more than 6 people at one time. Accommodation is basic self-catering hostel style. Visits to the island are normally from Saturday to Saturday.
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Picture gallery by Adrian Winter

Picture gallery by Adrian Winter

excellent seabird photograph gallery by Adrian Winter.Also further information about the Isle of May.click here for further details.....

Keith Brockie

Keith Brockie

One Man's Island

Keith Brockie's remarkable artistry and his extraordinary sensitivity to wildlife are superbly displayed in this book.It contains 150 exquisite paintings and sketches - from the island of May in the Firth of Forth, Scotland - that are breathtaking in their fidelity to their subjects.The drawings represent not only a year's fieldwork on the island but also a decade of observation devoted to this important wildlife centre.
The island of May, despite its small size and exposed location, contains an impressive variety of fauna and flora.Its internationally important seabird colonies are protected by law; it plays host to a wonderful variety of migrant birds each year; colourful plants carpet the ground; and seals swim in the seas around. All these aspects of the island's wildlife have been captured by Keith Brockie in a brilliant series of paintings and sketches, mainly in watercolour, pencil and crayon, which reward examination again and again.
Rarely, indeed, can there have been so fine a collection of wildlife art in one book.It is not only a volume to possess and treasure, it confirms this Scotsman as one of the foremost artist-naturalists of our day.

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