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These People Live On A Remote Island To Look After Birds And It's Your New Dream Job

As long as you like birds, and don't mind not showering for a week at a time.

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1. Every summer more than a 100,000 seabirds make their home in the Farnes, a group of rocky islands off the coast of the UK.

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2. There are twelve rangers who live and work on the islands to look after them.

Ed Tooth
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Ed Tooth

Lana Blakely
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Lana Blakely

3. We spend nine months of the year out here.

Even when the breeding seabirds aren't here, there's plenty of work to do.
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Even when the breeding seabirds aren't here, there's plenty of work to do.

4. The facilities are pretty basic.

In case you were wondering how Farnes Rangers spend their evenings...

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Amazingly, the phone signal on the islands is better than in the nearest village on the mainland. But there's no running water.

5. You can't shower on the islands.

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Because fresh water is brought over by boat, and we have to unload and carry the 25-litre containers ourselves, showers just aren't worth the hassle. Luckily the birds are even smellier than we are.

6. So rangers leave the island once a week to shower, and do a food shop.

And occasionally to go for a pizza.
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And occasionally to go for a pizza.

7. But we do have a TV.

The Farnes Rangers have become pirates for our @Eurovision party #ESC2016

Thank you, solar panels.

8. One group of rangers lives on the Inner Islands in this tower that was built in 1500.

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The others live in a cottage on one of the outer islands.

9. There are around 15 islands at high tide and 28 at low tide.

That's enough for everyone to have one island to themselves, if we get sick of each other.
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That's enough for everyone to have one island to themselves, if we get sick of each other.

10. You don't need to be a morning person to be a ranger, but it certainly helps.

During breeding season, visitors come to the islands in the afternoon, so most of the other work gets done in the morning. Some mornings, rangers have to get up super early (we're talking 5.30am) to count the birds that nest on the islands' cliffs. There's also a lot of cleaning and maintenance that needs to be done and dusted before people arrive.
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During breeding season, visitors come to the islands in the afternoon, so most of the other work gets done in the morning. Some mornings, rangers have to get up super early (we're talking 5.30am) to count the birds that nest on the islands' cliffs. There's also a lot of cleaning and maintenance that needs to be done and dusted before people arrive.

11. The seabirds arrive on the island in late April and stay until late July or August.

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12. You might even spot a dolphin in the summer.

Bit of Bottlenose Dolphin action on this very wet afternoon. #farneislands #northumberland

13. But if you want to see seal pups, visit in October.

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Seal pups are around between October and December, but the islands shut to visitors from 31st October each year. Tours start running again on 1st April.

14. We get to see some amazing things. From the first days of a baby puffin's life, to basking sharks.

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15. Each ranger is responsible for a particular species.

There are many different birds that live on the Farnes, from kittiwakes and eiders, to puffins and guillemots. We each take responsibility for one species and monitor how many chicks they have, and how many go on to make it out of the nest.
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There are many different birds that live on the Farnes, from kittiwakes and eiders, to puffins and guillemots. We each take responsibility for one species and monitor how many chicks they have, and how many go on to make it out of the nest.

16. The puffins get absolutely everywhere.

Puffins seeking shelter from the weather in the cottage! And there are 5 Siskin present. Is it Autumn already?

17. Unblocking the toilets is without a doubt the worst job on the island.

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In this respect at least, island life is not so different to normal life.

18. Yes, we do get paid.

Lots of visitors to the island think the rangers are volunteers or students on a summer programme, and we have to explain that this is something you can do as a career!
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Lots of visitors to the island think the rangers are volunteers or students on a summer programme, and we have to explain that this is something you can do as a career!

19. We spend three months a year off the islands. Most of that is spent doing admin work and servicing kits. And, of course, wishing we were back there.

Because who wouldn't miss that view?
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Because who wouldn't miss that view?

BuzzFeed spoke to the National Trust rangers on the Farne Islands.