Opportunity to do some dolphin spotting on the Isle of May

Bottlenosed dolphins (picture by Lorne Gill)
Bottlenosed dolphins (picture by Lorne Gill)

Visitors to the Isle of May National Nature Reserve still have time to take part in a whale and dolphin survey before Sunday.

A telescope has been set up, with Isle of May staff and volunteers watching the sea and encouraging visitors to have a look and see what they can spot.

Bex Outram, assistant reserve manager, said: “This is a great opportunity to be involved in whale, dolphin and porpoise research.

“Species that we usually get around the island are Minke whale and harbour porpoise. And you can sometimes see bottlenose dolphins from the boat. We have a telescope for people to use, but you’re also welcome to bring your own.”

The annual UK-wide survey is run by the Sea Watch Foundation. Details of any sightings from the Isle of May will be collected and will help to build up a picture of how dolphins, whales and porpoises are using the seas. It’s free to visit the nature reserve, but you must take a boat trip to reach the island. See www.isleofmayferry.com (May Princess) or www.isleofmayboattrips.co.uk (RIB Osprey).