Northern Ireland’s seabirds get an annual health check

Northern Ireland’s seabirds get an annual health check

18 Mar 2020

Kittiwake. Philip Croft

The Northern Ireland Seabird Report 2019; just published, highlights how important some of our seabird colonies are. Black-legged Kittiwake populations are in long-term decline in the UK as a whole but in Northern Ireland the decline is at a much slower rate, with some colonies actually showing an increase. All around the coast of Northern Ireland, Kittiwakes appear to have had a good year in 2019, with increases at all sites. The Gobbins and Muck Island saw a 68% and 65% increase on 2018 respectively. The UK as a whole has lost over half its breeding Kittiwakes since the 1960s.

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