Grid ref. Really enjoyed that day out of yours Paul, wonderful pics of all the birds, great scenery, lovely seas, sorry Mrs P, I can see why you would just have to go back for more. Address. Please note: this event is run by an RSPB volunteer group and is organised for interested members of the local community. In early summer the cliffs heave with nesting seabirds – a noisy spectacle you can witness from the cliff-top path. Take a Wild Challenge and look out for something with the WOW factor! Join RSPB Site Manager and Jura resident Louise Muir for an introduction to the wild island of Jura. This first shot is of a Fulmar on the edge of the cliff very close to the path. Lanarkshire. When I tried to upload these photos today it took the same amount of time as the whole trip to and from the Island.!! Inland there are puffins and eider ducks. !they're all great but I do like the Puffins myself. Capel Fleet Raptor Viewpoint is simply a car park and raised viewing point maintained by the RSPB to provide visitors to the Isle of Sheppey with a strategic location to experience one of the foremost assemblages of raptors in the UK. Inchmickery is a small island in the Firth of Forth in Scotland.It is about two miles (3.2 km) north of Edinburgh.. Its name comes from the Scottish Gaelic, Innis nam Biocaire, meaning Isle of the Vicars, implying that there may have been an old ecclesiastical or Culdee settlement here, as in nearby Inchcolm.It features occasionally in a riddle, "How many inches is the Forth? Craigleith is a small island less than half a mile from the Centre. This small vantage point offers a commanding view across sweeping Isle of Sheppey farmland. There is another way out to the Island on this boat, 'The Osprey’, but I think that I'll leave that to the more adventurous.!! This one seems to be checking us out with a cheeky grin on its face. There are usually breeding terns and a colony of grey seals. The impact on local businesses from the boat operators to hoteliers and all other aspects of the tourism trade linked to the Isle of May suffered. We've pulled together some of the best facts about Big Garden Birdwatch! See our reserves Covid-19 updates page for which sites are open and other important details. Download this stock image: Visitors wandering round the Isle of May, Scotland, UK, Europe, watching and photographing the birds nesting on the island and surrounding cliffs. Bird courtship rituals can vary from the spectacular to the bizarre, Wetland reserves are doing great things for people and wildlife. There is a wee hut at the harbour where payments are made (£24 per adult) and it is advisable to book in advance, especially at weekends or on public holidays. Winter thrushes – Fieldfare and Redwing – are sometimes abundant. They are (to me anyway) one of the best birds ever to watch flying, especially along the edge of cliffs where they ‘hang’ and turn on the up draughts, they just make flying look to be a pleasure rather than a necessity. Kirkcudbrightshire. A coach trip over the border. Grid ref. More... Sunday, 29 May 2016. The Isle of May, off the coast of Fife, is included in the new zone. The boat is very well kept with comfortable seats and seating is available ‘outside’ or ‘inside’. Our RSPB Local Group trip to the Isle of May, on Sunday 24th June, was blessed with glorious sunshine all day, and the island certainly lived up to its billing as a great place to view a wide range of birds. Hi Paul -lovely thread and very interesting. More... Wednesday, 8 June 2016. (Some trips are fully guided to minimise the disturb… A passing Great Black-backed Gull almost caught me out. SZ609868. 11 Big Garden Birdwatch fascinating facts. A few shots of Arctic Terns, although I hope to get better shots the next time we're here. 207076, Scotland no. - 2BPJR0C from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. Please bear with me, more stuff to follow. Isle of May Boat Trips. We will then have 2-3 hours on the island. Great fun (although Mrs A strongly disagrees with me on this point).!! Das Montrose Basin Visitor Centre . I just managed to clip the top off the wing of this one but I thought I'd add it due to the great view of the plumage, and also the typical pose as he hangs in the air before swooping away again. The Island is around five miles offshore and the trip out took round about one hour. The waves here are coming straight in from the North Sea and although they don't look too big in the photos, the boat was rising and falling around fifteen feet as we came into the narrow channel for the small harbour. https://www.flickr.com/photos/115745582@N04/. The island is owned and managed by NatureScot as a national nature reserve. Outing to the Isle of May - Tuesday 19th June . And a final shot before heading back out. Our sailing from Anstruther is at 11:15 with the crossing taking 45 minutes to an hour, including a cruise round the island. SC037654, Accepting all non-essential cookies helps us to personalise your experience, These cookies are required for basic web functions, Allow us to collect anonymised performance data, Stress-busting forest bathing at Sandwell Valley, Mountain hare culls continue despite 'voluntary restraint", 5 bizarre and beautiful bird courtship displays, 5 RSPB wetland reserves working wonders for people and wildlife, 11 Big Garden Birdwatch fascinating facts, Climate change effects on nature and wildlife. There are toilet facilities on the boat and also a small refreshments area where you can purchase snacks, coffee and the likes. Corncrake. THE ISLE OF MULL The RSPB speaks out for birds and wildlife, tackling the problems that threaten our environment. Tuesday 19 June. Another view a bit further round. And one more. Sanderling may have returned to Ryde Sands. Some beautiful photos there,can't pick a favourite!I have been watching/photographing Fulmar today,such characters.We are taking a boat trip over to the Isles of Scilly tomorrow as the weather looks ok-really looking forward to it. Share your passion for birds, wildlife & all things nature with the RSPB Community. In spring and early summer the island becomes a teeming seabird city with thousands of seabirds returning to breed, including puffins, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars, kittiwakes and shags. A closer shot in the water. Information/Booking line - Mobile 07957 585200. Visit this fantastic National Nature Reserve with one of our boat trips direct from North Berwick. This is a delightful oak woodland to walk through - especially in spring and early summer. Isle of Wight (1) Kent (6) Kincardineshire. A definitive list could never be complete so here I'll just show an example of what you may … It has a black head and neck and grey-brown back. RSPB Guided Walks Isle of Jura 2019. A few shots now of some of the Kittiwake's on their nests. This next photo is the landing area on the far side of the island. Boat Trip to the Isle of May - Puffins, Puffins amd more Puffins. Read more Craigleith. Isle of Staffa, westlich der Isle of Mull – Staffa National Nature Reserve Aberdeenshire – RSPB Scotland Fowlsheugh Nature Reserve Firth of Forth – Bass Rock oder die Isle of May National Nature Reserve , beides können Sie mit einer Bootstour vom Scottish Seabird Centre aus erreichen. You get kitted up with a full set of waterproofs and a lifejacket and then we set out on the fast and exhilleratiing ride out to the Isle of May. A glorious day out in the hills. Great shots and a great tour Paul thanks for sharing, I got the distinct impression that you liked Fulmars ! Feed the birds and give homes to insects by leaving seedheads standing. (You may have noticed that I get a bit excited by Fulmars and I have to confess that they're way up there on my large list of favourite birds).!! Rare insects include the Great Yellow Bumblebee. Price: Ferry booking, bring packed lunch. We've pulled together some of the best facts about Big Garden Birdwatch! Thursday, 30 May 2019. It is about 1.5 kilometres long and 0.5 kilometres wide. The Isle of May is a National Nature Reserve and is owned and managed by Scottish National Heritage (SNH). However, despite very clear environmental impacts, the city council has recently given the green light to spend approximately £8m to move forward to the planning application stage. One of our Fast Ribs leaves form North Berwick harbour and carries 12 passengers out to the Isle of May in approx 30 mins. Stunning images from international RSPB photography competition reveal moment a male kingfisher feeds its hungry chicks and a vulture tries to grab a live jackal We took a trip out to the Isle of May in the Forth estuary on Thursday so I thought I’d share a few photos with you. 5 RSPB wetland reserves working wonders for people and wildlife. As we got in closer, the Skipper took us on a slow sail past the cliffs (which are around 60 metres high at the tallest bits). Price: Check with Isle of May ferry for latest prices. Download this stock image: Cliffs of the Isle of May, an RSPB reserve in the Firth of Forth, Scotland - DFRA91 from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. Download this stock image: Cliffs of the Isle of May, an RSPB reserve in the Firth of Forth, Scotland - DFRA91 from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. In the autumn the largest Atlantic grey seal colony in eastern Britain breeds on ‘the May’, as it’s known locally. Back on the boat now and a shot of a pair of Tern's on the rocks at the wee harbour. The Isle of May, in the Firth of Forth, is home to the UK's largest single puffin colony, although more birds overall nest in the St Kilda archipelago. Don't know whether it's the site or my kpatop because Tery, Gaynor and Jayne haven't mentioned any problems. Die Adlerwarte im Norden von Harris . Moving back towards the boat now as time was starting to run out for us. Once on the island, a nice man from the reserve gave us a quick talk about the rules and the need to stay on the paths due to birds nesting on the ground very close to where you walk. Download this stock image: Cliffs of the Isle of May, an RSPB reserve in the Firth of Forth, Scotland - DFRA46 from Alamy's library of millions of high resolution stock photos, illustrations and vectors. I'm at work now and the computer is very, veeeeeryyyyy slow, so most pictures won't open at all, but the ones I could see were great. However, the location of the island and its particular attributes made it difficult for the RSPB to fulfil its aims and remit, and by the middle of 1996 they were looking to dispose of Isle Martin. The isle is approached from the 'top' of the map with the harbour being at the bottom left. I'm glad that you had a lovely time. Pictures worth Tweeting about! - See 118 traveler reviews, 47 candid photos, and great deals for Stranraer, UK, at Tripadvisor. It was actually quite difficult to get shots of them with the lens back at 170mm as they were coming so close to us, I've got lots of shots with parts of the bird missing as I couldn't get far enough away to get the full bird in the frame. The island of Fidra is an RSPB reserve and believed to be the inspiration for Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. These sand eels are average sized, I saw one 'THIS BIG'.... Another Great Black-backed Gull on the way down towards the boat. Over 200 species are recorded on the Island each year. The Fulmars were the highlight for me, I've been in awe of them since I first saw one flying in gale force winds on Orkney many years ago. Presumably because of the previous days wind and rain only 5 members (2 of whom were relatively new to the group) made it to Anstruther and the May Queen. The island is also home to the unmistakeable puffin – a comical bird that dazzles visitors with its brightly coloured bill. A photo of the harbour before we set out. Wetland reserves are doing great things for people and wildlife. National Nature Reserve, the Isle of May is a magical wildlife haven in the outer Firth of Forth. Looking forward to part two next month. Well captured. Lapwing. A few from Landguard Point .......... plus a few more from the following day. I do hope you've enjoyed the photos here, I certainly enjoyed taking them. Schottische RSPB-Schutzgebiete Opens a new window. Birds & wildlife ... Isle of Man. The RSPB Community. There are now no permanent residents, but the island was the site of a St Adrian's Priory during the Middle Ages. The Oa reserve is a working farm, managed in hand by the RSPB. Scotland's Big Nature Festival. Sunday 24 June. Rain or shine - can you help us measure the weather? Further round now at the part of the map named Altarstanes. The Isle of May, off the coast of Fife, is included in the new zone. Address. Large flocks of finches may be seen roaming farmland and frequenting hedges. It covers most of the beautiful valley of the lower River Yar running from the village of Brading to the sea at Bembridge Harbour. Walks last approximately two hours. I hope you have a great time tomorrow Jayne. RSPB breaks will bring chance to encounter Coll's threatened corncrakes and other wildlife. Still on the lookout for Fulmars, we passed by this rather gorgeous Lesser Black-backed Gull. The boat was called The May Princess and left from Anstruther on the Fife coast. Catch up with the RSPB’s own nature detectives on the case as they look to save some very special places. Reserves ... RSPB Brading Marshes Webpage Satellite View. And a few more Arctic Tern's who at the slipway where the boat was. I'm looking forward for tomorow, when I will be able to appreciate your pictures more properly. Forums & Mailing Lists . There were far less Razorbill's around, this shot was of one just below the edge of a cliff. Anyway, for anyone who’s tried getting Puffins in flight, you’ll know how many ‘dud’ shots you have to go through to try to get a decent one. Listen in spring and summer for the repetitive, rasping call of the male corncrake. Front cover by Chris Gomersall (rspb-images.com) 273-0768-12-13 This report was produced by RSPB Scotland in 2011. Just in case anyone didn’t know, although Fulmars look like Gulls, they are in fact members of the Petrel family. The Isle of May As we got in closer, the Skipper took us on a slow sail past the cliffs (which are around 60 metres high at the tallest bits). I got a few shots along the way, this frist one of a Great Black-backed Gull taking it easy in the sunshine. Just to say Christine  (Gaynor and Jayne haven't mentioned any problems,) my first attempt at pasting!!! Boat Trip to the Isle of May - Puffins, Puffins amd more Puffins. The boat was even smaller than your "May Princess", and the sea got rougher every minute, and so even for me the 45 minutes back to Iona were the longest 45 minutes in my life. How many different shapes, colours and sizes can you spot? I've loaded this on as quite a large image so if you feel like clicking on it you should be able to see a detailed map of the island. We had a great time on the Island but as I said earlier, two and a half hours just isn't enough time to see it all. Anchored on the Firth of Forth, the Isle of May is a magical mix of seabirds, seals and smuggling. Redshank. Bookings for the 2021 season will go live early January. You just can't beat a good seabird colony, although maybe I'm just saying that beacause I don't get to see them often enough. It did not come to the worst, mind you, but I had to keep standing and looking outside and I was relieved when we finally arrived. More... Saturday, 21 May 2016. Das Fair Isle Bird Observatory. Reise nach Staffa Das Boat of Garten Osprey Centre. Blackford Hill . The Isle of Coll has a large variety of bird species, both common and rare to the western isles and the UK. I'll add the best of the photos with the entire bird in the frame. Most visitors to the island are … Autumnwatch 2020: date it returns to BBC, presenters, and how to watch seal pups live on camera from Isle of May ... will be at RSPB Old Moor in South Yorkshire’s Dearne Valley, a … There's so much going on that I suspect you'd see most of the species from the one spot if you sat long enough. This of course means that we’ll have to take another trip out in three or four week’s time to see the other half of the island (the sacrifices I have to make).!! Booking essential. Brading Marshes is the RSPB's first reserve on the Isle of Wight. Coalition calls to introduce urgent safeguards for mountain hare populations. Losing count. Back out to sea and the wind and swell had dropped a good bit although I still wouldn't go in paddling. I am a bit disappointed though because I looked at your thread a few hours ago and half the photos were just little red crosses and blank boxes and I have waited to try again later, and the same thing has happened. Thursday, 7 September 2017. We will take a route through a crofting township and back along the shore. Walking further on we heard a new bird call (to us anyway) and were rewarded by seeing our first ever Rock Pipit. Barnacle goose. The Isle of May is located in the north of the outer Firth of Forth, approximately 8 km off the coast of mainland Scotland. Sailing Times. There is a rich variety of seabirds and marine life and it is a particular hot spot for puffins. We spend 90% of net income on conservation, public education and advocacy, The RSPB is a member of BirdLife International. He founded the Inverleith Field Club in 1929 and co-founded what was the Midlothian Ornithologists' Club and is now the Scottish Ornithologists' Club. We decided to head over to the West sid of the island to begin with as I really wanted to see if we could find an area where we could see some Fulmars. Fulmars are great.!! Not the best of shots but here we have a Shag on a cliff ledge. Tel: 07957 585200 Email: info@isleofmayferry.com In autumn the island is home to the largest breeding grey seal colony on the East Coast of Britain with over 2000 … The sea was quite choppy which I have to admit to enjoying although Mrs A was a strange colour by the time we got out there. The assemblage is present all year round, but the species that can be seen changes with the seasons – so multiple visits are recommended. The Woodbridge Osprey ........... and friends. Continuing on from the Puffins on the rock before everything froze up, this next shot is of a Herring Gull (I think) on a close fly past. 11 Big Garden Birdwatch fascinating facts. Following stops at Gretna and Stirling we arrived in Oban in perfect time to board the ferry for the 4pm crossing to Mull. Where you can purchase snacks, coffee and the UK of contrast in the recent series of BBC s. Vary from the village of Brading to the red-necked phalarope, a and... 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