Our monitoring work has included Puffin counts in April, gull counts in May and cliff counts and Manx Shearwater census plots in June. We also look at productivity and survival for most species to assess how well the breeding season has gone and how many birds have survived the winter period. This year we are also doing a whole island Storm Petrel census, but more on that later. You've see us counting (see: Long-term Volunteers from Australia - a new irruption species?), now read about some of our findings
|Huge numbers of birds to count, at Bull Hole.|
So to run through things; Puffin numbers are up from 21,349 in 2015 to a whopping 22,539 this year, an increase of around 6%. In light of worrying declines elsewhere this is an encouraging trend.
|The mighty Puffin, up by 6%|
|Razorbills and chick|
The Fulmar is doing well on Skomer. The population is at it's highest level since 2005 and is up by 15% on the previous year. Nest sites are well scattered around the island with concentrations on the Neck, the Wick and the cliffs between the Garland Stone and North Haven. This years count was 674 Apparently Occupied Sites.
|Manx Shearwater fledglings, a spectacle yet to come|
Eddie Stubbings, Skomer Warden