12 November saw Christine and me on the coast near Selsey, just south of Chichester, in brilliant sunshine but a fierce, northerly wind that emanated from the arctic. We had parked our car close to Earnley church to visit the western side of the RSPB’s Medmerry reserve and walked along the track, past the RSPB … More Managed retreat
The 22 July new moon generated high spring tides, which is normal. The return of strong south-east trade winds, however, generated roughening seas with heavy ocean swells. This combination led, during the evening of 24 July, to large waves crashing on to Bird Island’s western beach, sending massive … More Evening trauma but morning shows all is not lost
Iceland was colonised by humans around 1100 years ago by adventurous Viking explorers, initially from Norway but subsequently further settlers arrived from other Scandinavian countries. Inevitably, human arrival led to many changes in the ecology of the main island and its offshore islets, due to direct exploitation of resources for food, shelter and fire, and … More Puffin heaven – for now
The south-east trade wind season, roughly from May to October, is not the best time to see glorious sunsets on Bird Island. Nevertheless, sitting on the western beach as the sun goes down, feeling the south-east breeze after a hot day in the sun, is a great way to pass the last hour of daylight … More Bird Island sunsets and starscapes
Seychelles is an archipelago of tiny islands scattered across the tropical western Indian Ocean. Their isolation protected them from permanent human settlement until about 250 years ago. Since that time the islands have seen huge changes at man’s hand. This has included the introduction, deliberate and accidental, of many animal and plant species from other … More Bungee-jumping caterpillars
In 2011 and 2012 we marked 85 of Bird Island’s breeding Sooty Terns with geolocators, tiny devices that record geographical location during their migration. Geolocators have to be recovered the next breeding season to download the data and in 2012 and 2013 we manged to find 40 of the marked birds. The data showed that … More More trouble for Bird Island’s Sooty Terns?