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, 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.

In 2017, I visited a small number of islands between Edinburgh and the far north of Iceland, each of which hosts large numbers of nesting seabirds during the breeding season. These photographs document important sites for these nesting birds at Bass Rock and the Isle of May in Scotland, to the cliffs of Noss in the Shetland islands, and the small island of Vigur in Iceland, where eco-tourism is an important part of the local economy.
Islands of Birds was exhibited at the Edge Café, Cambridge, during August 2018.
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