This August one of our crew persons, Alys Perry, was lucky enough to volunteer on Ramsey with the RSPB wardens. She spent the week helping out with the day to day maintenance of the island as well as important scientific research and conservation.

We asked Alys to write a short summary of what she got up to and this is what she had to say:

“I spent the week of 5th till the 12th of August, as a residential volunteer on Ramsey island. It was an amazing experience, and was so nice to see Ramsey island from a different perspective. It was great to see parts of the island from the cliff tops which I normally only see from the water. Throughout the week I took part in various activities, these included, meeting and greeting day visitors, seal identification surveys, keeping track of the number of seal pups on the island, helping with the weekly checks of Manx shearwater chicks, checking the Manx shearwater artificial nest boxes, bird surveys, checking the rodent boxes and helping to maintain and clear paths.

Lisa and Greg the wardens on Ramsey are really awesome people who are so passionate about wildlife, it was great to work with them, along with Sarah (the assistant warden) and Steve (another volunteer). I cannot wait to get back on the island to get involved in more conservation.”

The experience that Alys gained from volunteering on the island will no doubt be of great use to her for her work on the boats with Voyages of Discovery and for her university studies where she is studying for a degree in marine biology.