As a Nature Reserve and Bird Observatory, the Calf is the ideal location to enjoy bird life, flora and fauna. Around 33 species of birds breed on the Island annually, around 10 of which are sea birds. Estate and ornithological wardens live on the island, from Spring to the Autumn, looking after the island’s population of resident and migrant birds.
Self catering hostel accommodation is available on the Calf for up to 8 visitors. All bookings for overnight stays at the Calf of Man Observatory are handled by Island Escapes Please contact them directly with any enquiries. As a working bird observatory, accommodation is basic with shared bathroom facilities. Guests need to bring their own food supplies and a sleeping bag, and arrange their own transport to the Island. A stay on the Calf is only suitable for those who are fit enough to cope with the terrain and conditions.
Day trips can be arranged directly with the boatmen.
When visiting, please respect the wildlife, peace and tranquillity of this beautiful island wildlife sanctuary and bird observatory. Camping and drinking parties are not permitted at any time. Fishing is not permitted between 1st April to 31st July.
Please note that smoking is not permitted on the Calf of Man. Dogs are not permitted with the exception of guide dogs.
For more details on accessibility please see our Access Guide.
BIOSECURITY ON THE CALF – TACKLING THE CHALLENGE OF AVIAN INFLUENZA
Manx National Heritage and Manx Wildlife Trust have been carefully monitoring the situation in respect of the unprecedented outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (Avian Influenza), which has killed thousands of wild birds across the British Isles. Unfortunately, recent testing of dead seabirds on the Isle of Man has shown the presence of the virus.
In line with the responses coordinated in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, increased biosecurity controls have been introduced on the Calf of Man with immediate effect, where the following measures are now in place:
- Closure of Cow Harbour and the associated track providing access to it (except for emergency access) due to proximity of one of the Calf of Man’s gull colonies.
- Closure of the east coast track on the Calf of Man from its junction with Cow Harbour track and onwards to South Harbour (except for any necessary access to The Dock) to reduce the risk of transmission to the Manx Shearwater colonies.
- Installation of disinfectant mats at South Harbour and The Dock with associated signage (installation imminent)
- Suspension of all access to seabird colonies (including Kitterland)
- Suspension of seabird ringing
Visitors are urged to keep to the main tracks to reduce the risk of transmission of the disease and to follow any guidance of the Calf wardens.
The situation is changing rapidly and information will be reviewed and be kept as up to date as possible.