In some of the most remote places in Northern Europe, people live alongside colonies of nesting seabirds during the spring and summer months. In such places, birds far outnumber any human inhabitants, and both have learned to coexist over centuries. Now, as a result of the changing climate and other pressures, the numbers of seabirds in these colonies are dwindling. Places such as the Shetland islands and the far north of Scotland have seen a dramatic decline in the population of birds such as kittiwakes, arctic terns and the much-loved puffins.

Islands of Birds is a series of photographs I made around some of these places. The islands featured include Bass Rock and the Isle of May in Scotland, Noss in the Shetland islands, and the small island of Vigur in Iceland. They are records of my encounters with the wildlife in these isolated locations, and they are reflections on the collective survival of remote communities in challenging conditions.
Islands of Birds was exhibited at the Edge Café, Cambridge, during August 2018.
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