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.

Tuesday 6 August 2013

Lundy seabird recovery 'success after rat cull'

Culling the rat population on Lundy 10 years ago has led to a "striking" increase in the number of seabirds on the island, the National Trust has said.

The Lundy Seabird Recovery Project was set up in 2003 to help the Manx shearwater population, which had fallen to just 300 breeding pairs.

A survey this spring revealed a tenfold rise in numbers to 3,000 pairs.

It also recorded a substantial rise in other species, including puffins.

Wildlife haven

The previous decline in birdlife on Lundy was blamed on rats, which came via ships to the island off the North Devon coast and ate birds' eggs and attacked young chicks.

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