Seabird Numbers 2015

Isle of May National Nature Reserve

Puffin Puffins doing well on the May

Guillemot with young Guillemot numbers increased by 12%

Kitti 1 Kittiwake numbers increased by 39%

Razorbill adult Over 3,200 pairs of Razorbills nested

Monday 7th December comment: Over the next few weeks we’ll be bringing you the highlights of the 2015 season. Today we start by looking back at the breeding seabird populations and (for once) some positive news…

Despite the weather (summer wasn’t exactly a classic!) the breeding birds of the Isle of May showed some positive signs with increases in a number of species. There were welcome increases in Shag, Kittiwake and Auk numbers whilst Tern numbers are starting to show recovery.

Rare species kept a toe-hold on the island including Manx Shearwater whilst there were no counts of the Gulls or nesting Eiders this year. Amongst the breeding passerines Wood Pigeon nested for the very time whilst Blackbird, Wren and Dunnock also nested (all unusual nesting…

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