The Isle of May was designated by Scottish Ministers as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) on 17thMarch 2005. Douglas (Ballaquayle Road) 5. Wherever you are may you have a peaceful Christmas and a happy new year. One of our boat guides, Gavin McDougall, has created this special video using a GoPro. Witness one of Scotland's most amazing natural spectacles, where seabirds cram onto the ledges of the Isle's towering cliffs and puffins peek out from their grassy burrows. 338 Isle of May seabird studies in 2002 L J Wilson, S Wanless, M P Harris & D Russell ... Joint Nature Conservation Committee Dunnet House 7 Thistle Place Aberdeen AB10 1UZ ISSN 0963-8091 . 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. Today we bring you the last of the cliff-nesters before we move onto birds which nest on the island top. Shags will start breeding from 3-4 years of age and are the first seabirds to start nesting in a season. Like Guillemots, birds don’t build a nest structure but lay a single egg and incubate on their feet. Registered in England and Wales. Therefore it is good news that the May is looking likely as a potential future colony which will raise the hopes that the decline can be reversed. The Isle of May Long-Term Study (IMLOTS) forms part of CEH’s network of long-term monitoring sites for detecting effects of environmental change, particularly climate change. The Isle of May is also a convenient stopover for migrating birds. In the Isle of Man, there are 20 designated Conservation Areas. Isle of May Seabird Studies in 2004 2. They are also long living birds with records of individuals well beyond the age of 50. Kirk Michael 19. Background Tomorrow we’ll continue the series with news in how you can help report Shag movements, as we bring you some important citizen science. During the 2020 full island census, the Isle of May supported 324 nesting pairs, a 16% increase on the previous season’s total. The Razorbill have had similar success with 88% increases between 1986-2018 with an estimated population of 165,000 pairs. The first eggs are usually laid by late March and clutches vary from 1-6 eggs but usually average 3-4 and the incubation period is 30-31 days. 1. for this site as submitted to Europe (PDF <100kb). The island sits quiet in a cold North Sea awaiting the turn of the seasons and a new season for the bird observatory. Like most seabirds, they are designed for a pelagic lifestyle, only ever coming ashore for the breeding season. Biological Conservation, 78, ... A before-and-after study on the Isle of May, southeast Scotland over a 23 year period (1975-1998) (Finney et al. Standard Data Form Thursday 21st January comments: We’ve introduced some great birds in our seabird series on the Isle of May and today we continue as we introduce the Cormorant (which is a welcome addition as it was confirmed breeding for only the first time on the island last year; but more on that later). Isle of May seabird studies in 2002 2 Contents 1. This perilous number shows that there is so much more to be done for our seabirds as climate change and over-fishing are just some of the serious threats our seabirds face. (2014) Site Fidelity and Individual Variation in Winter Location in Partially Migratory European Shags). More than 250 species rest here on their journeys north or south. However this attempt failed at egg stage. Although seabirds have been struggling nationally, both the Razorbill and Guillemot have been bucking this trend with latest figures suggesting they are doing well. Contact us: Enquiry formJNCC SUPPORT CO. Nests are usually constructed on rocky ledges or small caves and they build untidy nests of seaweed, twigs and anything else they can drag into their nest structure (including dead birds!) Designation date 1 January 2001. This data demonstrates that the focal shag population is partially migratory and moreover that individuals show highly repeatable variation in winter location and hence migration strategy across consecutive winters. Who knows what the year ahead will bring, the challenges we shall confront. The Puffin is a medium sized auk Alcidae (350–600g) that breeds in the North Atlantic from France and the Gulf of Maine in the south to as far north as there is ice-free land, and that winters over vast areas of the North Atlantic and in the western Mediterranean [].Fair Isle (59°54′N, 01°62′W), Shetland, holds a population of Puffins that was … Company no. Chicks will come back to the nest for several weeks after hatching and will eventually follow the adults at sea where they spend the winter. Conservation comes first at the UK’s only family-owned and -managed national nature reserve. When undertaking an appropriate assessment of impacts at a site, all features of European importance (both primary and non-primary) need to be considered. Long Craig and Isle of May) nesting became sporadic. Fulmars started colonising the east coast of the UK in the 19th century and the first written account of the species on the Isle of May was in May 1914 with the first breeding pair noted in 1930. ... contribute both to the UK MPA network and set up to protect habitat types and species considered to be most in need of conservation at a European level (excluding birds). Razorbills are good swimmers and feed on fish but are known (seen annually on the Isle of May) to Kleptoparasitise; a method of stealing prey from other birds especially Puffins. We’ve been focused on the cliff nesting species, starting with Guillemot followed by Razorbill, Fulmar, Shag and the latest was the Cormorant. The only organisation that looks after all aspects of nature in Scotland, across all parts of Scotland (land and sea) on behalf of everyone who lives in or visits Scotland. Glen Wyllin 18. References. Assessment is needed of impacts on SACs and their qualifying and supporting habitats and species (e.g., sandeels) and subsequent indirect impacts (e.g., marine The diet of the Fulmar ranges from fish offal, whale meat, crustaceans and even jelly fish (hence why plastic bags can be a problem for Fulmars). A Scottish five star visitor attraction with something for the whole family, whatever the weather. The species has an interesting history with the Isle of May as they have only just established themselves as breeders but still merit the inclusion in the series…but only just! Conservation status. The growing cycle is slow as can take 50+ days to fledgling with the first youngsters leaving the Isle of May in mid-August. So keep checking the blog for more info! The full island census revealed a total of 6,292 individual’s counted with an estimated 4,124 pairs nesting. The Cormorant (also known as the Great Cormorant) is a large black bird which can vary in weight from 1.5kg-5.3kg (which is a considerable size for a bird!) 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. All Douglas overview Map 2. Once the egg is laid, they’ll then incubate for 49-53 days after which the young will hatch, usually in early July. Historical background material on Castletown and Peel produced in May 1971 before the Conservation Area were designated. Parents can pair bond for life and the oldest Razorbill has reached the ripe old age of 51 years. Ramsey 20. Overall the national picture has revealed a decline of 37% in populations of European Shags between 1986-2018 to an estimate of 17,500 pairs. Fulmars are a common nesting seabird in northern Europe with large populations in the Northern Atlantic from Canada to Russia which includes two varieties; the darker variety is the majority breeder in the high arctic, while the lighter variety is the predominant breeder further south. Registered office as above, Designated Special Area of Conservation (SAC), Salt marshes, Salt pastures, Salt steppes (11.3%). Now go find some colour rings…, As a follow up, Dr Francis Daunt shared a recent paper which was written regarding the ringing scheme on the Isle of May – you can find it here: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0098562. Anyone can take part, so if you are out and about along the coast (especially the east coast) with a pair binoculars, telescope or camera, check out the roosting Shags and spot the coloured rings. Isle of May United Kingdom About Blog Isle of May is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage. Fulmars are very specialist seabirds as they have a salt gland above the nasal passage which helps them excrete salt due to the high amount of ocean water that they take in. In the classroom, students will take part in courses like Conservation Skills and Habitat Management. There have been a number of reasons for these drops, such as the algae toxin blooms in 1992 which dropped the Isle of May Shag population from 1,634 pairs to a dramatic 715 pairs the following year. Unlike Cormorants, Shags are exclusively coastal birds with very few venturing into fresh waters. This dramatic drop (which the population has never really recovered from) was also noted in other North Sea seabird colonies. . It is black and white (unlike the cholate brown and white of a Guillemot) with a distinctive white stripe across its face and a broad laterally compressed bill which gives the species its English name. ColbyPlease click on any of the … Tens of thousands of Atlantic puffins return to the Isle of May National Nature Reserve each spring to breed and raise their young. In 2018, the index was 47% below the 1986 baseline. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0098562, 2 bogs, a swamp and some islands – Flanders Moss, Blawhorn Moss and Loch Lomond NNRs. Nationally Cormorants have shown an increase of 5% since 1986 but it is a complex picture as populations in southern England are booming (which involves inland tree nesting birds) but coastal colonies are actually declining. Fulmars remain around the island for the majority of the year, only ever being really absent for a longer period between the end of the breeding season (late August) to mid-November when birds move far out into the North Sea. 2003) found that the breeding population of Atlantic puffins Fratercula arctica increased from 3,000 to approximately 19,000 breeding pairs during a period of gull control (1972-89). Download the Saturday 9th January comments: We started a new mini-series looking at the Isle of May seabirds and today we focus on the second family member of the Auk family; The species is a member of the Auk family and has a very similar breeding biology to its close relative the Guillemot. Incubation is carried out by both parents for between 34-39 days and following the chick hatching, the youngster will jump of the cliffs after three weeks and follow the parent out to sea. A grey seal pup on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth, one of Scottish Natural Heritage’s national nature reserves. During this period numbers in the U.K declined by 38% to a current estimate of 350,000 pairs with the majority of them nesting on the northern and western islands. Last year the full island census revealed some positive news as 495 pairs were counted nesting, an increase of 27% compared to 2019. Isle of May SAC. 0. The report highlighted that Guillemot is our most numerous seabird species with an estimate of 950,000 pairs nationwide which is an increase of 32% over the 1986-2018 period. In total, 3,797 resightings of 882 individuals were recorded over 622 km of coastline. They are generally long living (over 20 years) and are some of the deepest divers amongst the Cormorant family as they are benthic feeders (find their prey on the seabed) and have been recorded as diving as deep as 60-70 metre depths in search of prey. Tomorrow we’ll bring you the latest on the populations of Fulmars on the Isle of May as will they follow the trend of the Guillemot and Razorbill and show signs of increasing? We will continue our seabird introductions over the weekend as we will take a look at yet another species, so stay tuned! Very recently a report on the ‘State of the UK’s birds 2020’ was published by the RSPB with support from several organisations including NatureScot giving long-term trends of many of our bird species. Study species and site. The first chicks will hatch by late April without and down (completely naked) and rely on tehit parents for warmth. If you have an idea let us know and we will see if we can help. The species shows sexual dimorphism as the males are approximately 10% larger and heavier than females. Generally, the species is a dark metallic green/black with a yellow throat patch and during the breeding season displays a very elegant crest on its head (and hence how the species got it’s name). Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Cormorants forage by diving and capturing its prey in its beak and are benthic feeders which means they feed along the seabed. Castletown 13. Douglas (Woodbourne Road) 9. Sunday 17th January comments: Yesterday we introduced the European Shag as p[art of the series on the seabirds of the Isle of May. The species also breeds in the Northern Pacific. The species can be found all around the British Isles, the Faroe islands, Iceland, along the Norwegian coast and into Siberia, around the Iberian peninsula, north Africa, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. The following is a list of Special Areas of Conservation in Scotland.. Abhainn Clais An Eas and Allt a`Mhuilinn; Achnahaird; Airds Moss; Altnaharra; Amat Woods; Ardgour Pinewoods; Ardmeanach; Ardnamurchan Burns; Ardvar and Loch a`Mhuilinn Woodlands; Ascrib, Isay and Dunvegan; Ballochbuie; Bankhead Moss, Beith Douglas (Selborne Drive) 6. Today we introduce the European Shag. Status: Designated. Douglas (Athol Street/Victoria Street/Duke Street) 11. The island is owned and managed by Scottish Natural Heritage as a national nature reserve. During this period a colour ringing scheme between the University of Aberdeen and UKCEH has been looking at the dispersal of the breeding Shags from the Isle of May and other east coast breeding sites. This site is also referred to as a ‘European site’ (Regulation 10(1)). The word Fulmar comes from the old English word meaning ‘foul gull’. The site is the largest east coast breeding colony of grey seals in Scotland and the fourth-largest breeding colony in the UK, contributing approximately 4.5% of annual UK pup production. Tune in tomorrow for the answers…. By late July large numbers of young can crèche together around the island. Douglas (Windsor Road) 7. The team behind the scenes work hard throughout the year to ensure the reserve progresses and maintains itself as one of the best in the country. It also has a longish tail and yellow throat patch. The plumage of youngsters is distinct, as it has a black bill and black ‘W’ across its back and upper wings. The group can sometimes be referred to as ‘tube noses’ because they have a tubular nostril on top of the bill. Winter. Today we are asking for your help in tracking these birds down if you find them dead or alive. Laxey 14. During the summer breeding adults and chicks are fitted with a unique colour ring with three digits; which makes it easy to read at distance with binoculars or telescopes. Fulmars are part of the Shearwater and Petrel group, which also includes albatrosses. The Isle of May is so important for wildlife that it is protected by both European and national legislation. The Isle of Man Government has not confirmed whether it will adopt the new bathing water standards for the end of 2015. The species can move some distances (more on that in the forthcoming days) but a good percentage of birds remain on the island all year, over-wintering on the island. Friday 11th December comments: The Isle of May is a fabulous National Nature Reserve owned and managed by NatureScot but it’s not all about seabirds, puffins and seals. Our recent focus has been on the European Shag as we looked at the breeding biology, identification and the trends in their populations over the last thirty years. Today we bring you the news of what has been happening to the Shag population on the Isle of May and the national picture. However if you look at the longer term figures, this still remains a real concern as it wasn’t that long ago (the early 1990’s) when the island supported populations of over 1,600 pairs. Although almost exclusively coastal they do breed along the River Tyne at Newcastle/Gateshead, the furthest inland breeding colony in the world (sorry as a Geordie myself had to get that in). However it’s not all good news and we’ll continue bringing you more seabird species in this series this week, so stay tuned for more facts! While the Isle station has been vacant going back to the winter of 2019, Griffith now brings her years of work in criminal justice and a … ... Inchmickery and McDermott's), while at others (e.g. Peel 21. Isle of May Bird Observatory Trust Available from: Stuart Rivers, Flat 8 (2F2), 10 Waverley Park, Edinburgh, EH8 8EU or by This email address is being protected from spambots. Tomorrow we will reveal how well the Razorbill population is doing on the Isle of May with the results and the trends. Saturday 16th January comments: Today we introduce the fourth species of our seabird series which is taking a closer look at the seabirds of the Isle of May. Cormorants often nest in colonies near wetlands, rivers, sheltered inshore waters and coastal islands. Curlew Cry (Curlew) Curlews are classified as “Near Threatened” on the IUCN red list, with their population rapidly decreasing. Saturday 23rd January comments: Since early January we’ve been bringing you a series of blogs on the different bird species which nest on the Isle of May. © Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Monkstone House, City Road, Peterborough, PE1 1JYTel: 01733 562626 Fax: 01733 555948. Onchan 15. Cormorants are generally silent, but they make various guttural noises at their breeding colonies. For further information about bathing water sampling please contact the relevant authority; Jersey – Envprotection@gov.je Guernsey – info@gov.gg Isle of Man – enquiries@gov.im × Background The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) has a responsibility to advise on certain aspects of … 05380206. In 2017 we discovered a single pair on a nest on the north end of the Island and this was the first confirmed breeding for the Isle of May (it was suspected in the 18th century but it was not proven). Or grow your own Manx Wildflowers. Summary 2. Maughold 16. 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. Refer to Section 11.6.2.2: Other Sites and Table 11.4. We have featured the cliff nesters of Guillemot, Razorbills and Fulmars. However just before egg laying, the entire population disappear (this has been referred to as the honeymoon period) for 4-5 days and it is thought that birds do this to build up fat reserves. The Isle of May can have up to 2,000 seal pups in autumn and winter. Tuesday 19th January comments: Over the last few days we’ve continued our series of looking at the breeding seabirds of the Isle of May NNR. Beyond the classroom, students gain valuable field experience via field investigations, site visits, guidance from site managers, and exposure to practical management techniques. Pairs will use the same nest site to breed year after year and the nest is generally made up of collected seaweed, sticks and other floating detritus from the sea. This has increased over the years with only 1,508 pairs counted in 1990, so some very welcome increases along the way (and long may it continue!). Douglas (Olympia) 8. Douglas (North Quay) 3. A variety of wild birds nest on the Isle of May The raising of a rare chick on the Isle of May has been welcomed as a sign conservation efforts are working. The study is partly funded by the UK’s Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) as part of the Seabird Monitoring Programme. Such high among-individual variation and within-individual repeatability, both within and among winters, could lead to substantial life history variation, and therefore influence population dynamics and future conservation management strategies (Grist H, Daunt F, Wanless S, Nelson EJ, Harris MP, et al. Kittiwakes eventually leave the Isle of May waters in September-October. The Isle of May in Scotland, where this photo was taken, has a strong breeding colony of Arctic Terns every summer – and it’s a delight to see them. The Isle of May is located in the north of the outer Firth of Forth, approximately 8 km (5.0 mi) off the coast of mainland Scotland. Kittiwakes get their name from their call, a shrill ‘kittee-wa-aaake, kitte-wa-aaake’ (listen out for their calls when you next visit a colony). Shags are a medium sized bird approximately 68-78cm in height (27-31 inches) long and with a 95-110cm (37-43 inch) wingspan. The Isle of May, lying at the entrance to the Firth of Forth on the east coast of Scotland, supports a breeding colony of grey seals Halichoerus grypus. Gulls extirpated the colony on Inchmickery but causes of decline or extinction have not been ascertained for other colonies. Nest structures can become large as birds will build upon old nests if the structure survives winter storms. This downy plumage will start to be replaced by feathering after just five days after hatching and it will take approximately thirty-five days to fledgling stage. Best wishes of the season from all at the Isle of May Bird Observatory! Anchored on the edge of the Firth of Forth, the Isle of May is a magical mix of seabirds, seals and smugglers. Both parents will incubate on average for 27 days before chicks hatch. In total, 3,797 resightings of 882 individuals were recorded over 622 km of coastline. Most Kittiwakes have dark black legs but some can show pinkish-grey to reddish legs, making colouration a somewhat unreliable identifying marker. As one of the most important sites for seals in the east of Scotland, it’s a valuable centre for research. During the winter months they’ll occupy the cliff ledges and by early spring, the new breeding season will have started. Monday 11th January comments: Our mini-series continues this week as we follow on from looking at both the Guillemot and Razorbill in a little bit more detail. Repeatability did not differ significantly between males and females or among different age classes, either within or among winters. Today we bring you the news of last seasons population counts of razorbills and what it means nationwide. An extremely rare seabird has raised its chick on the Isle of May this summer – a clear sign that conservation action on the national nature reserve is working. Clarify that the Isle of May is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and grey seal are a qualifying interest. Based at CEH’s former site in Banchory, near Aberdeen, she led our long-term studies on the Isle of May from 1998-2007. Tuesday 12th January comments: Today we continue our series on the breeding seabirds of the Isle of May and we take a close look at a real specialist; the Fulmar. From hatching it can take 50-53 days to fledge and family parties will stick together for a few weeks after this period. Both sexes are identical in plumage although males can be slightly larger. 2) Perimeter 11.16 km (6.93 mi.) Silverdale 12. She started working on a short-term contract basis for the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology, a forerunner of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, in the early 1980s before becoming a full-time member of staff in 1998. However in 2020 following lock-down, four pairs were discovered in the same area as the original attempt. 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. The species is smaller than its close relative the Cormorant which we’ll feature next on the blog. Eggs are incubated for between 28-31 days and chicks take up to 60 days to fledge from hatching. The Kittiwake (also known as Black-legged Kittiwakes) are generally pelagic birds of the arctic and subarctic regions and can be found all across the northern coasts of the Atlantic. They are 40cm (16 inches) in length with a wingspan of 90–100cm (35–39 inches). Kittiwakes reach sexual maturity at around 4–5 years old. It is included in the European network of Natura 2000 sites as a Special Protection Area (SPA) for ten bird species and is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) for breeding grey seals and rocky reefs. Many designated sites are on private land: the listing of a site in these pages does not imply any right of public access. Tomorrow we’ll reveal what has been happening to Cormorants on the Isle of May and take a look at the national picture as it’s proving an interesting time for the species…. If anything or anyone gets too close to Fulmars, they excrete a stomach oil which is sprayed out of their mouths which will mat the plumage of avian predators , which can lead to the predators death. Where are the Conservation Areas in the Isle of Man? Research on the Isle of May is hugely important and our friends at UKCEH have been studying the islands Shag population for a considerable amount of time. Douglas (Little Switzerland) 4. We hope this is the start of colonisation of the Isle of May and it will be interesting to see what happens this season. It’s not all good news for seabirds as we continue to look at the seabirds of the Isle of May…. The seabirds we have featured so far in the series (Guillemot, Razorbill and Fulmar) have shown increases or with a stable population. The breeding season is usual compete by late July and birds will head out into the north Sea for the autumn and winter before returning the following spring. A number of reasons are attributed with this decline including climate change, prey availability, change in fish discards, long-line fishing techniques amongst others. Birds return to the cliff ledges in late winter before eventually settling in mid-April. Today we introduce the Kittiwake. A ‘European marine site’ is a ‘European site’ which is wholly or in part marine (Regulation 2(1)) and is hereafter referred to as a marine SAC. It is 1.8 kilometres (1.1 miles) long and less than half a kilometre wide. There are two sub-species found in the U.K with the nominate race (P. c. carbo) and European race (P. c. sinensis). If the spring is mild, birds can be established on territories on the cliffledges by late February and nest building can commence soon after. Challenges abound, including the threat of predators, squabbles over burrows and finding a mate. If you find any or discover them as tideline corpses over the winter please report all sightings to: shags@ceh.ac.uk, It’s all part of the science and you’ll be making a valuable contribution to increasing our knowledge of this very special seabird. Tomorrow we’ll bring you news of how Shags are doing on the Isle of May and the national picture as we continue our series on seabirds. The four pairs were nesting by mid-June and between them three nests were successful in fledging three young. The availability of nest sites, good breeding seasons and reasonable prey availability has helped the species increase in number with last year’s census counts revealing a new record population for the Isle of May. Cormorants start nesting in April and will lay clutches of 3-5 eggs which are pale blue-green in colour. The Isle of May, lying at the entrance to the Firth of Forth on the east coast of Scotland, supports a breeding colony of grey seals Halichoerus grypus. Kittiwakes have a white head and body, grey back, grey wings tipped solid black (look like they have been dipped in ink) and a yellow bill. Both parents with feed and care for their young, bringing in a variety of fish species depending on the season and locality but sandeels are highly prevalent in their diet. Adults have noticeable white patches on the thighs and on the throat in the breeding season and it is larger than the European Shag, with a heavier build, thicker bill and lack of a crest. The distances from the Isle of May at which individuals were resighted during winter varied substantially, up to 486 km and 136 km north and south respectively. Douglas Promenades 10. Over the next few days we’ll take a close look at what has been happening to Kittiwakes both on the Isle of May and nationally (it’s not been a good time for the species) and also other interesting facts like where they go during the winter months. A selection of Manx Wildflower seed is available from the Trust Wildlife Shop at Tynwald Mills. St Marks Village 17. Fulmars don’t start breeding until they are 6-7 years of age (which is old for any bird species) and will lay a single white egg on bare rock ledges or shallow depressions lined with plant material (usually the first eggs are found in mid-May on the island). 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