As you can imagine we haven’t had many visitors to the island so far this season. Travel restrictions have kept those arriving on the island to the bare minimum. Now, however, hundreds of new arrivals are starting to land – all flying in from West Africa. Unaffected by the lockdown these seasonal visitors are arriving under their own steam and preparing for a long summer hiding amongst the island flora. It’s corncrake season!

Of course they’re not here for a holiday – they have a busy summer ahead of them nest building, mating, and raising young.

In past years we’ve had pairs nesting in the fields behind our house, in our garden and amongst the nettles just below the cottage on the edge of the beach. We’ve seen young being raised in all locations and we’re hoping for another ringside seat this year.

A Welcome Visitor