Well what a title, but believe it or not I will be presenting a BBC Nature programme which has all these elements rolled into one. This programme is part of the series called Nature and is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesdays at 1100hrs. The real title of the programme is "Canaries of the Cliffs", and I have just spent the weekend with BBC producer Mary Colwell in a lovely coastal Scottish village called "Tain" were we met Bob Swann BTO Scottish rep and a real expert on his sea bird colony's having spent many years studying them. Good also to talk with a fellow ringer this year being the centenary of the ringing schemes. On the very steep cliffs I also interviewed Professor Sarah Wanless of the Center for Hydrology and Ecology (Note to Mary C, I remembered). Then for the second day we were on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast. Now I don't want to spoil the programme for you so will not say anymore about it.
I think you should listen to this programme, especially if like me your a land lover who had never been inspired by a sea bird colony's to think beyond the cliffs. The real story as I just hinted is beyond the cliffs, so book a time to listen to this one. I think you will find my clumsy title to this blog becomes more apt as the programme develops. Transmission is on JUNE 2nd at 1100hrs BBC Radio 4 and of course online at the BBC Nature website http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006sr7c after the programme has transmitted.
For those of you who become inspired after listening to the programme, then David Steel the National Trust head warden and his team on the Farne Islands do a fantastic job not only with the important research they do, but also with the general public that visit, and indeed these Island are a must visit. Here is the website http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visits/w-findaplace/w-farnes/
Oh yes, I did take some pictures so I will leave you with a sample of the pictures I took on the Farne Islands. These were a bit rushed, I could spent weeks there!
Artic Tern with food
A reptilian looking Shag
And here they come now, everyone's favourite sea bird.
That's all folks!