The seabird breeding season is in full swing here in Sark with birds busy feeding chicks or incubating eggs all around the coastline. Some, like the fulmars, shags, oystercatcher and the island’s three species of gull, live here all year round. Others, such as the puffins, razorbills and guillemots, just come ashore for a few weeks to breed spending the rest of the year far out at sea. By the end of July their chicks will have fledged and the young birds and adults will leave so now is the best time to see these fabulous birds. The largest guillemot colony in the Channel Islands is on Les Autelets off the west coast of Sark and there are good views of the birds on their ledges from the footpath above the window in the rock. For the closest views though you’ll need to take the sea aboard George Guille’s boat Non Pareil for one of his round the island wildlife watching trips. With years of experience in Sark waters George is able to get close to the birds and is extremely knowledgeable on their biology and life styles. Other species often seen are peregrine falcons, buzzards and gannets.
Pictures by Sue Daly L -R Puffins, Guillemot, Razorbill, George’s boat