Monday, 23 September 2013

A weekend of seals

Next Saturday (28th) and Sunday (29th) it is the Isle of May Seal weekend and also the last chance to visit the island before the end of the season. The Isle of May is one of the largest seal colonies in the UK and has been a centre for seal research since the early 1980s and so is a great place to see seals. There are so many seals that use the island for breeding and pupping that we have to close it to visitors from the 1st October so this is the last chance to take in the island sights until April next year.  The open days give a chance not only to see the island seals that are starting to come back for the start of their breeding season but also hear from seal experts about the fascinating lives of these creatures (the seals not the researchers) and the research undertaken on the island.  Sea shanties and selkie stories may also be part of the day!
We hope that is will be possible to see one of the new born pups on the open day but that will depend on if they have been cooperative and are in a location viewable from the paths.

And of course it might be possible that Jules the rescue seal is still around to do his welcoming role with the visitor boats.
So if you are interested in coming have a look at the different boat operators on the visiting page of the NNR -Scotland Isle of May page and book a place.

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