Isle of May

National Nature Reserve the Isle of May

The Isle of May National Nature Reserve is located at the entrance to the Firth of Forth. Although under a mile long, it is home to a huge variety of wildlife. The reserve is renowned for its rich bird life, grey seal colony and reefs. It also has a fascinating religious and maritime history.

As well as a haven for wildlife the island is home to three lighthouses including the impressive Stevenson lighthouse and the 'low light' which is now Scotland's oldest bird observatory, founded in 1935.

Visitors to the Discovery Experience can use our two interactive cameras to zoom in on the seasonal wildlife and between April and September we run daily boat trips to the island.

Reserve manager, David Steel and his team welcome visitors on arrival and their brilliant blog details the seasonal highlights and news from the island.

Isle of May cliff.

If the live screen appears black or frozen, the cameras may have been switched off overnight or to allow researchers on the islands to carry out their work. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Puffins on the Isle of May
© David Steel

90,000 puffins breed on the island each year
Over 200,000 seabirds breed on the Isle of May every Spring including, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars, terns and shags