Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Theres a storm brewing...

Saying hello to the world...Arctic Tern chick 

In evening light; Kittiwake with chicks 

Guillemots galore on Staple Island

Wednesday 13th June comments: No-one will argue that its been a tough year so far, as unsettled weather over the last few months have made it a challenging season for the islands. The ranger team have found it difficult, the visitor boats have found it tough (one of the worst ever years for the number of lost sailing days) and without doubt the seabirds have found it tough. Heavy rainfall in April flooded Puffin burrows whilst strong winds and heavy seas washed off cliff nests in May.

So welcome to June and welcome to our next storm. The forecasts suggest that Thursday night and all day Friday will bring easterly gale force winds with heavy rain. The storm will only last 24hours, but how bad it will be is anyone guess. It's the last thing the newly hatched chicks need and I'll bring you all the news as it happens, but start preparing yourself for the worst. The Farnes don't need this at this moment in time, but where getting it and there is nothing we can do to stop it. Disaster? It could be...

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