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Wildlife & Bird Santuary on the May Isle

Typically April, May, June, July and August are the best times to view the seabirds, particularly puffins, the earlier the better. You can view seals all year round, with whale spotting late July, August & September and migrants the last week in May.

Seabirds breeding on Isle of May:

Fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis)
Shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis)
Eider (Somateria mollissima)
Oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus)
Herring Gull (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus)
Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus)
Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla)
Sandwich Tern (Sterna sandvicensis)
Common Tern (Sterna hirundo)
Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea)
Puffin (Fratercula arctica)
Guillemot (Uria aalge)
Razorbill (Alca torda)
Other birds that can be seen en route and around Isle of May:


Gannet (Morus bassanus)
Great Skua (Stercorarius skua) rarely seen

Around shore:

Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima)
Turnstone (Arenaria interpres)
Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Curlew (Numenius arquata)

Note: Puffins normally arrive at the Island late March/early April. The warden’s regularly update the blog with the latest information, and it can be found at

Wildlife on Isle of May


About the May Isle

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