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Species of the month – the Manx shearwater, the charming frequent-flier

A remarkable bird that flies up to 1 million miles over a lifetime? Athayde Tonhasca, SNH Species Advisory Officer, tells its story. From September to October, thousands of Manx shearwaters (Puffinus puffinus) leave their breeding grounds located on a few islands off … Continue reading

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Species of the month – Manx shearwater

Andy Douse is Scottish Natural Heritage’s senior ornithologist. He has recently been working on Rum National Nature Reserve counting and observing the Manx shearwater colony. Here he tells us what that work involved.   Despite the fact that it was … Continue reading

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Rat’s life

Rum National Nature Reserve is internationally important for breeding Manx shearwaters.  It is reckoned that around 23% of the world’s population of this remarkable seabird breed on this Hebridean island. Sean Carlisle is currently working on Rum as part of … Continue reading

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Time to see Scotland’s seabirds

Over four million seabirds are at home in Scotland at this time of year. Many of them congregate in large colonies on cliffs around our 11800 km of coastline. The amazing spectacle of wheeling flocks of seabirds can be seen … Continue reading

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