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Calf of Man: Remote isle's 'independent souls' search attracts 45

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Image caption The successful candidates will be given accommodation on the island

More than 40 hardy souls have applied for two of the most remote jobs in the British Isles, Manx National Heritage (MNH) said.

The successful candidates will form the entire population of the presently uninhabited Calf of Man - a tiny island off the Isle of Man - for nine months.

In severe weather the island can be cut off for weeks at a time.

MNH said 37 people had applied for the estate warden's job, while eight had gone for the ornithology warden's role.

Ian Lycett, who did the job last year, said both positions suited "independent souls".

Each warden will receive basic accommodation in a small farmhouse, where they are allowed only one shower a week.

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They will have to fetch their own water and use a generator to provide electricity.

Mr Lycett, from Wolverhampton, spent nine months on the island last year and was visited by the BBC who made a 360 film about his life on the Calf.

The estate warden role includes running a small hostel and undertaking numerous practical tasks like dry stone walling and heather management.

Other tasks include shepherding, bird ringing and monitoring seal, rat, and moth populations.

The ornithology warden is responsible for the monitoring and ringing of the resident and migrant bird populations.

About 40 species breed on the island, which is approximately one square mile in size and has been a bird observatory since 1959.

The successful candidates will take up their positions in March.

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