All our other days on the island saw temperatures into the mid to high twenties with no weather systems to help us. Nonetheless we enjoyed slowly clocking up the numbers and getting some fine views of the regulars. High tide brought in some of the Atlantic Grey Seals and on occasions they can number up to 500. Last year, however, they were disturbed by dogs off their leads, which resulted in some of the seals abandoning the site. Their is no access onto the beach at anytime of the year.
We were also chatting to one of the assistant wardens who was returning from litter picking with a trailer full of bags. Litter is a huge problem but the hides have also been vandalised and much of the their time is spent patrolling the reserve rather than working on conservation and wildlife related issues. Being so close to urban conurbations can have massive drawbacks!
But back to the birds!