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Manx Shearwaters on Lundy:

report on the results of a breeding season survey in May 2001

Price D & Booker H (2002) Ann Rep Lundy Field Society 51:95-103

The breeding status and number of Manx Shearwaters on Lundy nave never been satisfactorily determined. This paper describes the methods and results of a survey to seek to establish this information. In mid-May 2001 all potential burrows on the island were checked using tape recordings of the birds calls to ascertain occupancy. In total 7,000 burrows were checked and from these 154 responses were obtained from sitting birds. This equates to an estimated breeding population of 166 pairs, - a disappointingly small total. The distribution of nest sites and potential reasons for this small population are discussed.

Keywords: Lundy, Manx Shearwater, Nest Sites

Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 2000/2001 51


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