See and learn about sea birds on the Isle of May

Puffins on the Isle of May
Puffins on the Isle of May

A two-day seabird celebration is taking place on the Isle of May national nature reserve this weekend.

Organised by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), there will be experts on hand to talk about the puffins and other birds which make the Isle of May so special.

The open weekend will also include story-telling, singing and face-painting.

Telescopes will be set up at viewpoints on the island and laptops will show seabird movies, including spectacular underwater footage.

Visitors can also learn about the research which is helping the understanding of the area’s seabirds.

David Pickett, SNH’s Isle of May reserve manager, said:“Have you ever wondered how a guillemot recognises its partner? Or how a puffin digs its burrow? Or how a shag catches fish? You can get answers to these questions and many more at our open weekend.

“The Isle of May is one of the best places in Scotland to see seabirds including puffins, with nearly 200, 000 birds on the island at peak season.

These open days give you a chance to find out a bit more about these special birds by talking to the experts that study the lives of seabirds.”

Advance booking is essential – for tickets and details, see (May Princess) or (RIB Osprey).