With that in mind I thought I would summarise and share some photos of my favourite wildlife adventures of 2016...
Last summer I had the pleasure of joining other RSPB staff on a trip to Ailsa Craig for several days to undertake various seabird surveys. We had blazing hot sunshine, slow-worms and thousands of seabirds- my idea of heaven!
|Mighty seabird cliffs of Ailsa Craig|
|Guillemots on the cliffs of Ailsa|
June is a busy month for seabird population counts, monitoring and ringing and not coincidentally my favourite time of year!
|Lots of seabird ringing in 2016!|
In July I had a trip to the Scar Rocks (6 miles offshore from the Mull of Galloway) to ring Gannets- one of my dreams come true!
|2,500 pairs of Gannets nest on the Big Scar. Mull of Galloway on the horizon|
|Living the dream- I smiled like a Cheshire cat for days!|
|My dream come true! Ringing Gannets on Bass Rock|
I am so fortunate to work in such a fantastic wildlife location- the RSPB Mull of Galloway. Thousands of birds travel through the reserve as they head South to their winter grounds. In 2016 we recorded some high numbers of various species such as Skylarks, Meadow Pipits, Linnets, Goldfinches and thrushes. Phenomenal experience!
|One of the thousands of Skylarks travelling through the Mull of Galloway in Autumn 2016|
|Red breasted flycatcher on the Mull of Galloway|
Looking forward to seeing what wildlife adventures 2017 holds!