Soaring seabird population
Lundy in Norse means ‘Puffin Island’, and today it is home to the south west’s largest seabird colony, including its much-loved puffins, guillemots, razorbills and Manx shearwaters. But back in the 1990s, the breeding pairs of these birds were in crisis – largely due to predatory rats. The turning point came in 2002 when an ambitious Seabird Recovery Project was set up by the Landmark Trust, National Trust, the RSPB and Natural England. The aim was to make the island rat-free, and give the dwindling numbers of seabirds a chance. It is working: a new study has revealed that the total seabird numbers have now tripled to over 21,000 birds, with Manx shearwaters increasing to over 5,504 pairs and puffins to 375 birds.
Seabird success blog