Spring migration underway (finally!)

After what seems like weeks of unsettled weather conditions, we've at last been able to enjoy a few days of calmer winds and the odd warm ray of sunshine. The mixture of southerly and easterly airflows has also enabled a slow but assured movement of spring migrants to pass through the island, although numbers are [...]

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A snowy start to spring: perspectives

It's been an odd start to 'spring' 2018. At the beginning of March, much of the UK lay under a blanket of snow, and even here in balmy Cornwall we weren't safe from the disruption reeked by Storm Emma - the so-called 'Beast from the East'. The Met Office issued severe weather alerts - the [...]

30 Days Wild | Day 10

Even when the wind is howling, when ferocious seas batter the shoreline, and when curtains of heavy drizzle assail the land, there is always an abundance of wildlife to be discovered. Whilst much of the day was spent inside, preparing more tags to deploy on shearwaters and proof-reading the BBFO's 2016 Annual Report amongst other [...]

30 Days Wild | Day 5

The weather took something of a turn for the worse for day 5 of 30 Days Wild: a low pressure system moving in from the atlantic brought a deluge of sustained precipitation throughout the day, accompanied by 20-30mph south-westerly winds. You couldn't help but feel sorry for newly-fledged chicks cowering in the brunt of the storm; and more [...]

30 Days Wild | Day 3

Saturdays are busy days on Bardsey, when the weekly changeover of staying guests takes place - so long as the weather permits! For us, this involves shifting both off-going and on-coming visitor's luggage up and down the island's single bumpy track aboard a tractor and trailer. The visitors and their gear are ferried to and from the [...]

30 Days Wild | Day 2

After a deluge of rain overnight, the drenching rainclouds slowly abated in the hours preluding sunrise; a dramatic veil of mist clung to the island for most of the day, lifting only towards the day's end and revealing a burning sun and bright blue skies. Its the ever-changing weather conditions that make life on Bardsey so [...]

The signs of Spring

Whilst the last few weeks seem to have passed by in a blurr of assignments, lectures, meetings and uni projects, seizing the odd hour or two to savour the fresh Cornish air has rewarded with a multitude of sights and sounds. Spring has been creeping ever close as daylength stretches longer by the day; a plethora of [...]