A diary with a difference…..

Here comes the summer sun…

Lambometer: 48 lambs and counting…

The end of the lambing season is in sight! We only have 6 ewes left to give birth, and the majority of the flock, including lambs have been released out onto the Island and are now busy exploring! The Island is really coming to life now; and our first bluebells are starting to appear on mass. In fact, the combination of sunshine and April showers has seen plenty of plants suddenly appear, none more so than the Lesser celandine, which, seems to thriving this year! As far as bird life is concerned we are seeing plenty of shell duck and oyster catchers, so hopefully we should see some nests too. The gull colony is back in force and the first eggs have now been spotted. We are also seeing a plenty of ringed gulls returning. They have been ringed on the Island in previous years and seeing so many return indicates the importance of the Island as a nesting site. Earlier this year one of our gulls was identified on holiday in Morocco!

It has been a successful weekend with our first residential group (Association of Lighthouse Keepers and Flat Holm Society members) of the year. They have been working extremely hard with the renovation of the Foghorn Station and Cottage, so a huge thanks again to everyone that has helped out this weekend! We’re making great progress with the renovation and hope to have the Cottage accommodation open for this summer.  Kat, one of our longest serving trainee wardens has now finished 😦 and is looking for a similar position in the conservation world (so if anyone is looking for a motivated, enthusiastic and hardworking member for their team then look no further!). Thanks again Kat and to all the winter trainee wardens for all your hard work, we wish you every success for the future!

Roll on summer. Here are some recent pics (a break from the lambs)…

Ross.

Foghorn Cottage renovation team!

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