After years of poor summers, birds have had good season and pufflings are ready to take wing, say experts
The Guardian, Sunday 13 July 2014 15.35 BST
After several poor summers for Scotland's puffins, the "clowns of the sea" are gearing up to leave the country after a good breeding season, experts have said.
Changes to habitat and food brought on by climate change have created difficult conditions for breeding puffins in recent years, but early indications show that Scotland has enjoyed a positive breeding season, according to the Scottish Seabird Centre.
With pufflings now hatched and ready to take wing, visitors to Scotland have only a few weeks left before the birds – who come to Scottish islands including May, Craigleith, Fidre and Shetland – leave Britain's northern shores in August, said the chief executive, Tom Brock.