• 29th May Blog

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    Gulls Galore (ramseyisland.blogspot.com)

    Thanks,

    Alys & Nia 

  • 21st May New Blog

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    Mega May (ramseyisland.blogspot.com)

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    Alys & Nia 

  • 9th of May Blog

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    New Arrivals (ramseyisland.blogspot.com)

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    Alys & Nia 

  • 30th April New Blog

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    Sunshine and Shearwater Updates! (ramseyisland.blogspot.com)

    Thank you

    Alys & Nia 

  • 22nd April New Blog

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    RSPB Ramsey & Grassholm Islands Blog (ramseyisland.blogspot.com)

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    Alys & Nia 

  • 11th April Blog

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    Oh Kathleen! (ramseyisland.blogspot.com)

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    Alys & Nia 

  • 5th April Blog

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    Seal pups & Shearwaters (ramseyisland.blogspot.com)

    Thank you

    Alys & Nia 

  • 27th New Blog

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    Meet the Hens! (ramseyisland.blogspot.com)

    Alys & Nia 

  • 19th New Blog

    Please follow the link to see the latest update from the Ramsey Blog.

    RSPB Ramsey & Grassholm Islands Blog (ramseyisland.blogspot.com)

    We will continue to post the link here for those of you who are still signed up to the mailing list.

    Alys & Nia 

  • 2024 New Season Means New Blog

    We have now moved our Ramsey & Grassholm Island blog to blogspot for the foreseeable future. In the hope that this will deal with some of the technical issues we were having on here last year. 

    So please follow the link for our updated blog -

    RSPB Ramsey & Grassholm Islands Blog (ramseyisland.blogspot.com)

    Thank you!

    The Ramsey 2024 Team. 

  • 2023 Season Over and Out

    And just like that the 2023 season on Ramsey is finished! 

    Nia and I leaving the island for the season on the 26th © Padrig Rees. 

    It was a slightly earlier finish to the season than usual as we closed down and departed the island on the 26th due to the anticipated high winds and swell that were forecast for the following week. We knew if we didn't take our chance to get off we might be stuck on for another few weeks…

  • Some quiet time...

    Its been another quiet week on the island for myself & Nia with only one boat on 16th. The strong easterly winds and big swell has put a stop to any other landings.

    View of the east coast of island and the set of reefs called the bitches © Alys Perry. 

    We have spent the majority of our time hiding from the heavy rain inputting our records for the season and writing the end of season reports.

    Flooded paths on…

  • Unexpected visitors!

    The last few weeks have been exceptionally quiet in terms of visitors, with only 3 boat landings since the start of October. The weather has been fairly all over the place too meaning a lot of indoor and admin jobs being done. With only a few more weeks left we are slowly winding down for the season and making the most of the quieter periods to get on with some of the end of season jobs. 

    Griff and Siani joining us to…

  • Grassholm Update

    As this blog is dedicated to both Ramsey and Grassholm we thought it was about time to share some up-to-date information on Grassholm and a summary of the work we have been conducting on the island this year.

    Whole island shot of Grassholm on the 26th of August 2022 © Will Richardson.

    As many of you may be aware Grassholm was hit by High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (HPAI) in July of 2022, resulting in large numbers…

  • Birding Bonanza

    After a bit of a break from blogging, it is now time to get back on it and fill you in with what's been happening on the Island. 

    Porth Lleuog during some high winds and big swells on the 19th © Alys Perry. 

    The weather has taken a major turn over the last few days with heavy seas and strong winds giving the South West side of the Island a bit of a battering. It's starting to feel much more like Autumn here and…

  • It's pupping season!!

    Since the last blog, we welcomed our next set of volunteers Steve and Christine. Both are Island regulars and are well-versed in all things Ramsey. Christine was supposed to come for a week volunteering back in July, but because of the bad weather, she didn't make it over to the island. But luckily Christine managed to get over for 5 nights on the 19th. Thank you so much for all your help Christine, you were fantastic…

  • Epic Journeys

    Well, it's been a couple of weeks since the last blog post and a whirlwind of a few weeks it's been. Up and down weather, Manx Shearwater tracking work, seal pup monitoring, marine surveys, and much more. I think it's about time I fill you in on all things Ramsey.

    Despite the some bad weather days we have been treated to some very beautiful sunrises!! This was taken on the 31st of July © Alys Perry. 

  • Land of the Invertebrates!

    It's been another week of unsettled weather, with many of the boat landings being canceled to the Island. It looks like we are due for another week of wild weather too.

    A break in the weather for an evening shearwater watch on the 18th © Alys Perry.

    As the weather has been so changeable this week, myself and Nia have spent a lot of our time doing odd jobs around the farmhouse. Like painting the office, clearing…

  • Two Weeks of Mayhem!

    Over the past two weeks, we have had some fairly changeable weather which has meant many of our fieldwork plans being put on hold. Despite the changeable condition and last minute changes of plans we have still managed to keep on top of our visitor and habitat management work. 

    View of the Bitches on the 8th © Nia Stephens 

    From the 24th of June to the 1st July we welcomed Barbara, Agnes, and Rhiannon to the Island for…

  • Sea Life Surprises

    Morgan came and joined us for a week of volunteering on the 17th. This was her first time volunteering on Ramsey and Morgan was beaming with enthusiasm all week! Morgan did a fantastic job at doing all tasks set and engaging with our day visitors. Thank you so much for all your hard work this week and amazing passion, we look forward to welcoming you back again next year for more boat trips and sea swims. 

    Morgan monitoring…

  • Mid June Mayhem

    This week we had none other than our regular volunteer John who again dedicated his week to monitoring our Chough. John often comes for the Chough fledging period to help us work out what's happening with our Chough pairs. John made a monumental effort this work and visited all our chough nest sites throughout the week in addition to assisting with our day visitors. We can't thank you enough for all your hard work John…

  • Flying Fledglings

    We have had some incredibly warm and calm weather this past week which has been brilliant for getting out in the field and finishing off our main monitoring work.

    Gower Ranger leaving the harbour after a land © Alys Perry.

    We welcomed another lovely volunteer onto the island this week and it was none other than the well-known and loved Gwyneth. Gwyneth has been coming for many years and always gets stuck in with her…

  • Clickers at the ready...

    We've had another busy week on the Island filled with more visitors, new volunteers, and exciting seabird fieldwork!

    Thrift looking beautiful in full bloom over Glyma © Nia Stephens. 

    We welcomed Ally & Vicky as our volunteers from the 27th of May to the 3rd of June. Vicky and Ally completed numerous tasks including chough nest monitoring, visitor work, painting plastic puffins, assisting with seabird counts…

  • Busy breeders!!!

    In our last blog, I introduced Mick as our first to volunteer for the season. Well, Mick has now finished his first week of volunteering with us for 2023. Mick got stuck into all things Ramsey and did a fantastic job of painting the plastic puffins ready to go back out on the Western cliffs, clearing teasel, helping with visitors, and monitoring chough nest sites. Thank you so much for all your help Mick, we look forward…

  • Griff takes the plunge!!

    We've had another good week on the Island. We have been busy with welcoming visitors and getting on with more biological monitoring. 

    We welcomed our first volunteer 'Mick' back to the island on Saturday. Mick has been coming to the island for many years now and straight away got stuck in with the evening rabbit count at Carn Ysycbor on the 13th. Mick had a busy first day today helping with visitors, monitoring…