We have now closed for the 2013 season. Just like to say HUGE thanks to all the visitors this season. A HUGE thanks to all the Rathlin island community. It’s been a pleasure to integrate and work with you all. Last but not least a HUGE thanks to all our AMAZING volunteers. We have had over 40 residential volunteers helping myself, Diarmuid and Helen out this year and without them we wouldn’t have survived so thanks a million. I have added a wee picture of some Dolphins that passed the viewpoint a few weeks ago. The picture was taken by our super star volunteer Witold who came all the way from Poland to help us out. Thanks Witold.
Just a quick blog to say we have no Puffins, Razorbills or Guillemots now. We will be open until Sunday the 1st of September and theirs still lots to see though, so do not let that put you off visiting us. Lots of Fulmars are still about and the last few Kittiwakes and their chicks are still here as well. Fulmars are my amazing and Rathlin is one of the best places I have been to view these cool birds. Here’s a wee photo taken by our amazing volunteer Stuart Langer of some Fulmars making a racket earlier in the 2013 season
Any visitors to the West Lighthouse this year may have had the pleasure of meeting my assistant Helen Whale. Unfortunately her contract has ended now but Helen has very kindly offered to stay on as a residential volunteer. Myself and the team would just like to say a huge thanks to Helen for all your hard work this season and great craic outside of working hours also. I have added a picture below of us presenting Helen with her leaving present, a RSPB singing bird clock. In the picture (left to right) is: my assistant Diarmuid, myself, Helen with her new clock and then our amazing volunteers Anna, Maebh, Lenny, Witold and last but not least Helen. Also just like say a huge thanks to all the residential volunteers this season. For every member of staff the RSPB has 9 volunteers so we wouldn’t be able to do the work we do without you.