The Isle of May Bird Observatory
Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation - Scottish Charity Number SC001783




The Isle of May Bird Observatory is Scotland’s oldest bird observatory, founded in 1934 The observatory is administered by a charitable trust (The Isle of May Bird Observatory and Field Station Trust) and manned by volunteer observers between March and November. The Observatory was founded by a group of young Scottish ornithologists and has continued to depend on the enthusiasm of amateurs who come to the island, usually for a week at a time, to maintain observations. The living accomodation is housed within the Low Light (pic on left), a former navigational lighthouse
The Island lies 5 miles off the Fife coast in eastern Scotland. It is a National Nature Reserve owned and managed by Scottish Natural Heritage and is internationally important for its populations of breeding seabirds particularly Puffins Fratercula arctica and is well placed to monitor migration of passerines and other birds in spring and autumn, often attracting large numbers of passerines in the right conditions. 

The island is a major landmark from many coastal locations in eastern Scotland sitting low in the water at the mouth of the Firth of Forth. It is best seen from the Fife coast where it dominates the seascapes from the fishing villages of the East Neuk; Crail, Anstruther and Pittenweem 

Explore this website further to learn more about the observatory, the island and its birds

2014 IOM Bird Observatory Report - Out Now!

If you are a member of the IOMBO Trust you will receive your copy of the latest 2014 report automatically in the post. If you are a non-member and would like a copy please contact the report editor for prices and mailing details by clicking HERE



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Show your support for IoMBO with our new T-shirt with a bright "Bluethroat" design based on our logo. Makes a great gift too! Available in S, M, L and XL sizes at £14.00 each (inc. p&p within the UK). Please send your order including your postal address, the number and sizes required and payment by cheque (payable to 'Isle of May Bird Observatory Trust') to Stuart L. Rivers, Flat 8 (2F2), 10 Waverley Park, Edinburgh, EH8 8EU


2014 Newsletter

Our newsletter is sent by email to IOMBO Trust members each year and is one of the ways our members receive information about Observatory activities. We include back issues from previous years on our website for everyone to see but if you want the latest issue covering 2015 you can receive it by email as a benefit of membership. If you'd like to join the trust click on our Join the IOM Bird Obs Trust page