Seabird Abstracts

Interim report on the sea bird recovery project: Lundy

Appleton D, Booker H, Bullock DJ, Cordrey L & Sampson B (2004)

Ann Rep Lundy Field Society 2003 53:57-61

The UK holds 93% of the world's breeding populations of Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus). Lundy's populations of Manx Shearwater and Puffin (Fratercula arctica), another burrow-nesting seabird, have declined dramatically over the last 100 years. A major factor responsible for these declines is believed to be predation by rats. In 2002 a decision was taken to eradicate rats to benefit Manx Shearwaters and Puffins. Both the Black and Brown Rats (Rattus rattus and R. norvegicus) have been recorded on Lundy. Both species are know to be predators of seabirds. This paper on the Seabird Recovery Project, describes thhe work undertaken to date and how the project will continue into the future. It is not intended to be a detailed account of the project, which will be prepared at a later date.


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