Seabird spyglass viewer

Use our spyglass viewer to take a closer look at Mr. Booth’s seabird cases. The displays were made to reflect exactly what Booth had seen and noted when watching then in the field. Can you see what he described?


In his diary notes, Booth appears to be both fascinated and disgusted by Gannets, one of the UKs most distinctive looking sea birds.

“While they are in their infancy they are the most peevish little wretches, snapping, quarreling and fighting with the utmost ferocity. Though the personal injury that they inflict on one another is generally small, their battles are not unfrequently attended with fatal results, as one or perhaps both of the combatants lose their balance, and, falling from their ledge, are dashed to pieces on the rocks below…” – Mr. Edward Thomas Booth.

Click on the + and buttons to zoom in and out of the display in the spyglass viewer.

Can you see the gannets squawking and squabbling at each other as described in Booth’s diary?

Gannet – (Mature and Nestlings) Case 153. 

Common tern Case 197

When viewing Common terns in the field, Booth noted that at breeding stations birds at every stage are seen together. And, even though he noted their decline, still decided to take one of each for his collection.

Are Common terns in decline today?

“During fine still weather, early in May, the first arrivals of these birds may be looked for. Their breeding-stations, which are still (though rapidly decreasing) numerous in many parts of great Britain, present a most animated appearance by the beginning of July. Young birds of every age and stage may then be seen together with the old ones, busily attending to their wants; the whole group affording a sight…”