Worrying decline in sea birds around the Isle of Man

There has been a sharp decline in many seabird species seen around the coast of the Isle of Man. Results from the 2017-18 census reveal that eight seabird species have suffered significant declines, with population losses of up to 82%. Of cause for concern are the declines in northern fulmar ((Fulmarus glacialis, down 65%), European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis, down 51%), black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla, down 34%), razorbill (Alca torda, down 55%), black guillemot (Cepphus grylle, down 65%) and the three principal gull species, lesser black-backed (Larus fuscus), herring (Larus argentatus) and great black-backed (Larus marinus, down 68%, 82% and 79% respectively). The puffin has been all but disappeared from the island with hopes now resting on a re-establishment programme under way on the Calf of Man.

Source: Isle of Man Today, 31 May 2019