About the Calf of Man
The Calf of Man is a rocky islet of 616 acres, half a mile off the south-west coast of the Isle of Man, in the middle of the Irish Sea. Many of the birds found on the Isle of Man nest on the Calf of Man, and in particular the steep slate cliffs are attractive to sea birds. Parts of the Calf were formerly farmed and the old fields and heather-covered hills provide good opportunities for studying a wide variety of species. Many migrants tend to be drawn to the trees and bushes around the Observatory building, while others can be found in the withy by the millpond or around the old lighthouses (of which there are three).
It is administered by Manx National Heritage as a bird sanctuary and nature reserve, and managed on its behalf by Manx Wildlife Trust and Manx BirdLife. Manx National Heritage has published a leaflet about the Calf of Man. Manx National Heritage is in the process of updating its website; once completed it will contain more information about the Calf of Man.
The Calf of Man Bird Observatory
Since 1959 organised ornithological work has been carried out on the Calf of Man under the supervision of appointed wardens and in 1962 it became an officially recognised Observatory. The Observatory is located in the former farmhouse in the centre of the Island and is open from spring to autumn each year. It opened on 13th March this year.
Calf of Man wildlife sightings
Details of what has been seen will be added each week. Records displayed with the permission of Manx National Heritage. Follow this link for the most up-to-date information.
Visiting the Calf of Man
The only way to reach the Calf of Man is by boat. No camping is allowed on the Calf. There is self-catering accommodation on the Calf of Man at the Observatory. Enquiries and bookings should be directed to Manx National Heritage on +44 (0) 1624 648000 or through email@example.com. Since there are no shops on the Calf of Man, visitors must bring all their own provisions. Visitors are also requested to take back any waste to the main island for appropriate disposal.
If you intend to visit the Calf of Man, please follow the Calf of Man code to protect this unique habitat.
The Island is a sanctuary. There must be:
- No interference with the Calf’s wildlife
- No climbing equipment.
- Dogs are not allowed.
- No camping, lighting of fires, barbeques or use of naked flame stoves.
- No litter.
- No metal detecting.
- No digging.