Last puff for Isle of May puffins

Puffin (Photo: Lorne Gill/SNH)

It’s puffins galore on the Isle of May at the moment. Scottish Natural Heritage’s special seabird event on Sunday 19 June is sure to be awash with these colourful characters, as well as other birds. The organisation says it’s now the last chance to book tickets and free child places.

The trip will involve seeing the spectacular seabird colonies on the island and learning more about the lives of the birds. Puffins can be seen incredibly close up on the island and the huge cliffs hold guillemots, kittiwakes, razorbills, fulmars and shags, which can be seen from the boat and from viewpoints on the island.

Dave Pickett, SNH’s Isle of May reserve manager, said: “The sights, sounds and smells of a seabird colony are special things that everyone should experience once in their lifetime and the Isle of May is one of the best places to do it. Many people know of the Isle of May or see the island everyday but haven’t yet visited. We hope that some of them will take this opportunity to come on Sunday and see what a special place it really is. It’s especially good value with our kids go free offer.”

The seabird safari sailings to the island will be on the privately operated May Princess leaving at 8.30am and returning back at Anstruther harbour at 2.00pm, as well as the Scottish Seabird Centre boat from North Berwick. As SNH is subsidising the cost of the boat trip for children for this event, tickets are going quickly. Tickets for the day must be booked in advance with either of the two boat operators running boats to the Isle of May.

For details on Anstruther Pleasure Cruises, who operate the May Princess from Anstruther, see the website, email info@isleofmayferry.com or phone 01333 311808. The Scottish Seabird Centre boat runs from North Berwick, for more information see the website or phone 01620 890202.

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