Twenty hours earlier the North Sea had been tummelly with big hashy waves, big enough to attract the surfers. This morning a smoult or calm, a relative millpond. Coquet Island is an RSPB reserve almost a mile off the Northumbrian Coast at Amble. It has the largest colony of one of Britain’s rarest birds, the Roseate Tern, as well as Puffins and Eider Ducks. The reserve is under the protection of European Law which begs the question of whether this protection will continue under a post-Brexit government.