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Isle of May Trip

Isle of May Trip


Isle of May Trip: Saturday 9th June 2018


The island's rock is fine grained basalt of a dark-grey colour with tinges of green and greenstone. There is a peninsula in the north, known as Rona, which is almost a separate island.

The Isle of May was designated a National Nature Reserve on 12th June 1956 and is managed by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). Although only around 57 hectares in size, over 285 bird species have been recorded on the island. At the height of the breeding season, the Isle of May can host around 200,000 seabirds, including Puffins, Kittiwake, Guillemots, Razorbills, Shags and Fulmars. However, according to Scottish Natural Heritage, these numbers can fluctuate considerably from year to year, depending on weather and fish stocks.

As well as its natural heritage, the Isle of May also has a rich cultural heritage, including St Adrian's Chapel, which is a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Furthermore, the Isle of May Lighthouse; Keepers' Houses; North and South Horns; the Low and Light Cottages; the Coal Store and Stable Block; and the former Lighthouse Beacon have all been included in the list of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest.

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