Calf of Man Bird Observatory – Annual Report 2009
The Calf of Man is a rocky islet extending to approximately 616 acres and it is situated half a mile off the south-west coast of the Isle of Man in the middle of the Irish Sea. The Calf is owned and administered by Manx National Heritage and it is run as a Bird Observatory and Nature Reserve.
The Island is an ideal place to study many aspects of bird life, with around 33 species breeding annually and it is located on one of western Britain’s major migration routes. Breeding seabirds include Manx Shearwater, Kittiwake, Razorbill and Shag. You can also see a variety of other species around the Island such as Peregrine, Hen Harrier, Chough, Raven, as well as other rare and unexpected migrants all of which are documented in this annual report.