Sunday 13th June comments: The cliff counts are complete. The big task of counting the nesting seabirds across the cliffs of the Isle of May has been done as all Guillemots, Razorbills, Shags, Kittiwakes and Fulmars have been accounted for this year. The figures will now be crunched with error correction rates applied before we can see the final totals.
These seabirds are counted annually and the trends will reveal the health of the colonies, especially the bigger picture stuff and then compared with other seabird colonies. As we all know seabirds face an uncertain future as some species are doing well (like Guillemot and Razorbills) but the vast majority are struggling (especially Kittiwakes and Shags amongst others). It’ll be interesting to see what the results bring and we’ll reveal the final totals later in the summer.
So with the cliff’s done, we tern (see what I did there) our attention to counting the nesting Terns and Gulls, so still plenty to do. It’s a busy time of year on the Isle of May as its all go and the season is about to peak with the vast majority of our seabirds now feeding chicks.