A surprisingly warm start to the year on Lundy has resulted in early signs of life popping up all over the island not only wildflowers and blossom buds but the first spring lambs of the year and they are twins! Kevin the farmer will now be spending man

A surprisingly warm start to the year on Lundy has resulted in early signs of life popping up all over the island not only wildflowers and blossom buds but the first spring lambs of the year - and they are twins! Kevin the farmer will now be spending many days and nights for the next month nursing his flock to make sure our next generation of Lundy lambs enters the world safe and sound. Our supply ship the MS Oldenburg is also gearing up for spring in anticipation of the start of the sailing season; however, this year is a special year as the she will be sailing into her 50th year! To mark this occasion we are issuing a new Lundy stamp and special birthday celebrations are being planned for later in the year. As would be expected the old girl has weathered a bit over the years; however, she should be looking her best for the start of this season as she has spent the past couple of months being serviced and painted and we look forward to welcoming her back to the island at the end of March. Another significant anniversary is upon us, also of a marine nature. Lundy's No-Take Zone which stretches almost the entire length of the East side of the island is five years old this year. No-take zones are areas where no fishing is allowed at all and, since its designation in 2003, it has proved very successful in helping to protect the marine life in the waters on the east side of the island while increasing the lobster stocks in this area significantly. Not only lobsters but many creatures have benefited from this completely protected area and we hope to see more areas like this designated around the UK to help protect our seas and marine wildlife for future generations. Bird sightings on the island are a little thin on the ground at the moment, with the usual suspects like starlings, house sparrows, blackbirds, robins and wrens about the village and out on the island, skylarks, meadow pipits, peregrine, kestrels, crows and ravens can be seen patrolling the island. Seabird sightings are on the up and we are seeing more and more razorbills and guillemots staking their claim to nesting spots on the cliffs. Fulmars, kittiwakes, lesser black back gulls, herring and greater black backed gulls also look like they are gearing up for the breeding season - the fulmars are sitting at nest sites and the gulls are casually displaying to one another. We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of puffins back to Lundy from the end of March onwards - we're keeping our fingers crossed that we might see a few more back on the island this year. It's nearly Easter and I can almost taste the chocolate! Tradition on Lundy is to have an Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday for visitors staying on the island. Every year we set clues that lead visitors (and some islanders) around the village - the final clue rewarding them with lots of chocolaty treats. It's a lovely fun way to spend Easter - the task is not to make the clues too easy! So, however, you spend Easter this year, have an enjoyable time and we look forward to seeing you at some point throughout the coming summer season. Happy Easter from all of us on Lundy!Sophie Wheatley, Assistant Lundy Warden