So, how do we count the Atlantic puffin?
|Puffins massing on the Isthmus © Skomer Warden
Often coinciding with the weather improving, counts occur on evenings where the puffins begin to mass in large numbers off the island. Once a threshold is passed, it's decided that we will be counting. This year, those fateful evenings were the 27th March and 3rd April.
|The essentials for counting puffins. View from the top of High Cliff © Skomer VO
|Puffins swirling in South Haven © Skomer Assistant Warden
In 2023 our
final numbers came in at 42,513 puffins on the 27th March, and 42,406
puffins (a mere 107 birds fewer) on the 3rd April.
with a large hot chocolate, some much needed snacks, and a general feeling of ‘blimey’
once the maths has all been done. Shortly followed by collapsing into bed, thumb inevitably still twitching...whoever suggested counting sheep had clearly never come across puffins!
Until next time. Wela i di wedyn!
Beth, Skomer VO.