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.

Friday, 29 September 2017

These astounding puffin pictures are telling scientists something very important about the effect of climate change


22 September 2017

A puffin photograph is great addition to any wildlife photographer’s portfolio.

The temperature of the sea is rising and the sand eels that the puffins feed on don’t like the warmer sea temperatures. The puffins are finding it harder and harder to find them.

But the right shot also has a scientific value.

Throughout the summer of 2017, members of the public have been sending the RSPB thousands of photographs of puffins feeding in locations from as far south as the Channel Islands to Unst in the north of the Shetland Isles.

They show that diets vary significantly across the UK.

A lack of food means that puffin numbers have dropped to around 50-60% of what they were 25 years ago.

Richard Humpage of the RSPB told 
Landward that this was due to climate change.


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