Bad year for UK seabirds

Analysis of this year’s seabird breeding data on RSPB (BirdLife in the UK) coastal reserves shows that Black-legged Kittiwake Rissa tridactyla, Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea and Parasitic Jaeger Stercorarius parasiticus – more commonly known as Arctic Skua – have had a terrible season, with virtually no chicks reared to fledging in the far north of the UK. Changes in food supply, which may be linked to climate change, could threaten the future of these species in the UK.

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  1. #1 Peter
    December 2, 2008

    Puffins: the sandeel population has crashed and puffins are catching pipefish for their chicks, which they can’t eat. Wardens are reporting burrows with dead chicks and piles of pipefish.

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