The Isle of May Bird Observatory
Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation - Scottish Charity Number SC001783
Monitor the island's birds... stay for a week? Just a day trip? 

If you would like to visit  check out the HOW TO VISIT page

Bird News
for bird news click here

want more island news? check out 
The Isle of May NNR Wardens blog here

Trust Membership
become a trust member and support our work - click here to find out more

IOM Bird Obs Annual Report

The 2012 report 
is now available - complete with CD - Trust members receive it automatically while copies are available for non members at £8.50 (including p&p) from : 
S. Rivers, Flat 8 (2F2), 10 Waverley Pk, Edinburgh EH8 8EU or by e-mail 

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

Bookings Update

Booking arrangements have changed To enquire about bookings for 2014 please contact the bookings secretary: Mark Newell ( or for further details see the How to Visit page

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Development Appeal

The Trust is appealing for donations to help with upgrade the facilities at the observatory. Improving the facilities at the observatory will enable better occupancy to  improve coverage of bird migration monitoring at key times as well as contributing to research & monitoring of the important breeding seabirds including the Puffins.  The major building work is now complete but further facilities are still required including hopefully the provision of solar power.

Please contribute what you can and help us make the observatory fit for the future!    

DONATE BY POST: A cheque (payable to Isle of May Bird Observatory Development Appeal) can be sent direct to:  

Niall Campbell, Hon. Treasurer, Isle of May Bird Observatory Trust, 15 Warriston Crescent, Edinburgh EH3 5LA

or download a donation form which contains more information about the plans for the development and a "gift aid" declaration (enabling the observatory to increase the value of your donation if you are a UK taxpayer, at no additional cost to you)     You can download the donation form in the attachments section at the bottom of this page  

Limited edition prints by Keith Brockie and Derek Robertson are also available and all proceeds contribute to the appeal - order form below

Alan Lauder,
Mar 5, 2014, 8:49 AM
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