Hi - I’m the Ranger on St Kilda. I live here all
summer from April to September. I do lots of jobs –
I meet all the visitors that arrive
by boat. I tell them what there is to see and do on
the island. Some visitors are interested in bird watching,
some in history, some just want to walk and look at
the cliffs. I can tell them where the best places to
go are and what to look out for. I also need to know
where people are in case they get lost, then we can
Most days I go for a walk - I always
take binoculars with me, then I can look out for whales
and dolphins and any birds. Although lots of birds spend
the summer on St Kilda some birds only stop over for
a few days while migrating north or south. Some birds
get blown way off course in bad weather. Last year we
had a crane and a snowy owl, both stayed for a few days
and then left.
I love spending my summer on St Kilda,
sometimes I miss my friends and family but there is
always so much to see and do and new people to meet.
St Kilda Seabird and Marine
My job is to study the seabirds on St Kilda and study
what’s under water.
There are over a million seabirds
on St Kilda so I’m very busy! Every year we go
to where the puffins nest and count how many eggs there
are in the burrows. Later we go back to see how many
have hatched. You have to put your arm down the burrow
and feel for the chick. It doesn’t like it and
can give you a nasty nip with its beak! I also count
kittiwakes and guillemots, but I use a telescope for
that as they nest on cliffs.
Underwater St Kilda is a beautiful
and fantastic place. The water is very clear and full
of life – there are forests of seaweed where fish
and seals dart in and out. The rocks and cliffs underwater
are covered in brightly coloured anemones, red and purple
and orange, they look like flowers.
It’s great being on St Kilda
and watching wildlife. Some people ask if I miss the
TV or shops, but there’s so much to see and do
I hardly miss it at all.
St Kilda Archaeologist
I spend all summer on St Kilda too. My main job is to
help repair all the old buildings and look after the
People have lived on St Kilda for
thousands of years. They used to get everything they
needed to survive from the island itself. The stones
were used for buildings and tools, the seabirds and
sheep for food and crops were grown in the fields.
Archaeologists look at the things
that people have thrown away or left behind. It’s
a bit like being a detective – you look at the
things people have left and try to work out how they
lived. There’s always something new to find and
look at. I love trying to imagine what life was like
hundreds of years ago.
When a wall falls down we have
to repair it very carefully so it looks just right-
we can’t use modern materials like concrete –
that would be cheating! Some of the stones are really
big, so you have to be quite strong and fit.