Gulls and buzzards nest in the cliffs. The island periodically gets rats.
Martin Martin visited the island in 1695 and said of it, that it had:
Martin arguably exaggerated the fertility of the island.
Loch Hermetray and several lochans in the south are fishless.
Seòlaid na h-Eala, which is south of the island is named after the Eala Bhàn (White Swan), a famous 17th century birlinn. Seòlaid means a sailing channel, "fairway in the sea" or anchorage.
Martin Martin mentions that there is:
Martin was referring to Lord Seaforth's fishery, set up in 1633, but which collapsed a mere seven years later. It was part of Charles I's "Company of the General Fishery of Great Britain & Ireland".
In 1841, a population of 8 was recorded as living on the island (a single household), but it is now uninhabited.
In 1921, a Norwegian ship, the Puritan was wrecked here. Reportedly the three survivors would not partake of a crate of whisky which was wrecked with them, and did not thank their rescuer, Alasdair Beag of Berneray, when he arranged for them to be returned to their home country. Hebrideans explain this by the name of the ship, although it should be pointed out that the ship's survivors spoke neither Scottish Gaelic nor English.