As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

RSPB warns seabird numbers falling

Seabird numbers have continued to fall following the coldest spring in 50 years, according to new figures from RSPB Scotland.

Early colony counts at a sample of RSPB Scotland sites across the country, from Shetland to the Firth of Clyde, have revealed that adult birds have arrived late and in poor condition for the breeding season.

The figures show some of the steepest declines in seabird numbers, including an 87% decrease in the number of kittiwakes around Orkney and a 70% decrease of the same species on Ailsa Craig in the Firth of Clyde compared with numbers at the same sites during the seabird census in 2000.

Guillemots and razorbills have also decreased considerably, with numbers down by 46% and 57% respectively in Orkney.

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