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.

Monday, 8 February 2016

RSPB Scotland snaps up Dunnet Head 'seabird city'

 12:50Saturday 06 February 201600:07Friday 05 February 2016

A coastal nature reserve at the most northern point of the British mainland which is home to thousands of breeding seabirds has been bought by a wildlife charity.

RSPB Scotland has purchased the 40-acre site at Dunnet Head, Caithness, in the Highlands after receiving a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The charity, which has been managing the site for nearly eight years, said the purchase will ensure the "seabird city" is looked after for generations to come.

The spot boasts 300ft-high cliffs and is home to thousands of birds such as puffins, guillemots, razorbills, fulmars and kittiwakes.

RSPB Scotland site manager Dave Jones said: "Dunnet Head really is an amazing place.

"The views across to Orkney are absolutely stunning, but for us the most important aspect is the breeding seabirds and the opportunity this site gives visitors to see these charismatic birds.

"Many of our seabird species are in serious decline, so it is crucial that their breeding sites are properly protected."

Dunnet Head nature reserve lies about 13 miles east of Thurso and overlooks the Pentland Firth.

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