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Isle of May National Nature Reserve
Isle of May National Nature Reserve

Isle of May National Nature Reserve

This famous seabird sanctuary at the entrance to the Firth of Forth, holds one of Scotland's biggest colonies of puffins, and is excellent for migrant birds. 

This island nature reserve at the entrance of the Firth of Forth has long been famous for its birds, especially migrants in the spring and autumn. A bird observatory was built here in 1934 and over 250 species have been recorded. In summer the cliffs hold large colonies of guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes and fulmars. Back from the cliffs the ground is honey-combed with the burrows of nesting puffins, some 40,000 pairs breed here. Arctic and common terns also nest.There have been lighthouses on the Isle of May for over 300 years. The first one was built in 1636. It used to burn 400 tons of coal a year and up to three tons on a long winters night. The existing lighthouse was built by Robert Stevenson in 1816.Information centre and well marked trails.

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The island is open to the public from 1 May to 1 October

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