Gannets at Bass Rock Lighthouse

Brian Tarr

Ainsdale, United Kingdom

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During the nesting season Bass Rock in the North Sea has one of the largest nesting colonies of Gannets in the world. There are usually more than 150,000 birds there and from the mainland the Rock looks white because of the sheer numbers. They nest very close together and there are always birds circling above either coming or going from the sea where they dive for fish. The lighthouse was built in 1902 and is operated remotely as the island is uninhabited, except for the birds and a few seals.
I was very lucky to be able to visit there as numbers are strictly controlled and in bad weather you can’t land there anyway. It was one of the most amazing wildlife experiences, walking between the nesting birds and the sounds and the smells and the gannets circling overhead will stay in my memory for ever.

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