Inchcolm island manager tells of TV reception woes

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A NATURE lover has told of the one downside of landing Scotland’s best job – a dodgy TV reception.

Edward Glenwright is being paid £20,000 to spend eight months a year as manager of tiny Inchcolm island in the middle of the Forth.

The 35-year-old’s duties include meeting boat trip visitors, keeping an eye on the 
historic church and monitoring wildlife.

The only other full-time resident is the island steward, Lucy Cooke, 26, a former student at Edinburgh University.

Ed, originally from Whitby, North Yorkshire, said: “We have a TV but it goes off whenever the boats go by, which is all day, every day. So in the evenings after work we watch DVDs like Still Game, so we’re not interrupted.”

The wildlife lover has previously worked in Hong Kong and the Highlands rehabilitating birds of prey.

He said: “I’ve had some good jobs but this is the best I’ve ever had. There aren’t many places to live where you can see seals every day.

“Wildlife has always been a part of my life ever since a boy and it’s taken me on many adventures. My favourite thing about the job is meeting and chatting to all the visitors. I meet people from all over the world every day.”

Historic Scotland, which owns the island, was flooded with more than 650 applications for the job from all over the world.