Professors Sarah Wanless and Mike Harris of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology were the hugely popular recipients of a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's International Seabird Group Conference.

Sarah's research interests have been largely focused on the long-term studies of demography, behaviour and diet of seabirds breeding at the colony on the Isle of May. Her work has addressed high profile environmental questions, while also providing inspirational training in quantitative, field-based ecology for the next generation of ecologists.

Mike, an Emeritus Research Fellow at CEH and one of the world's foremost puffin experts, is also synonymous with the Isle of May research, which is recognised internationally. His 44th year of fieldwork on the Isle of May this year coincided with the Isle's 60th anniversary as a National Nature Reserve and Mike was chosen to cut the cake at the celebrations!

The 13th International Seabird Group conference, which took took place in Edinburgh from 6-9 September 2016, was organised by CEH and the University of Edinburgh. You can read loads more updates from the event on Twitter using #Seabirds16 or see our Storify for details of CEH activity.

Read more about CEH's long-term Isle of May monitoring here.