When to see:
Breeding on the cliffs, up to 1200 Guillemots can be seen from March to early July. They can also be seen early in the morning from mid October to March.
Note: From the 1st March - 31st July (breeding season) there is an Area of Special Protection Order on the waters in front of the colony. This is prevent any disturbance to the birds and their young during this important time.
Where to see:
On the cliffs below the Southern Fort, best viewed from our bird hide.
Did you know?:
- Guillemots don't build a nest, instead they lay a single pear shaped egg on the cliff and take turns in looking after it.
- When the chicks are old enough before they can fly, they jump from the cliffs down to the water encourage by their parents, this makes for a great spectacle at the beginning of July. They then paddle out to sea with the adult males where they learn how to forage and survive at sea. They will then spend about 6 weeks learning 'how to be a guillemot'.
- Guillemots can dive to depths of 170 - 230m
- The guillemot is an indicator species and can tell us alot about the unseen marine environment. The reason for this is they live a long time, only lay one egg per year and they spend a great amount of time at sea throughout the year. So if their populations are doing well we know that the marine ecosystem is in good shape.