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Seabird recovery project: Lundy
The Lundy Seabird Recovery Project was a plan to increase seabird productivity by eliminating their major land predators, the Brown and Black Rats that lived on the island. The project was started in 2001 as a partnership between Natural England, the RSPB, the National Trust, and the Landmark Trust. As Black Rats are nationally rare, the project attracted criticism from some mammal and animal welfare groups. The Lundy Field Society could not reach a unanimous position and therefore neither opposed nor supported the project (Webster 2003). After two winters of poisoning and an additional three[?] years of monitoring by Wildlife Management International, Lundy was declared "offically" rat-free in 2006. The seabirds, however, had noticed the change, and both Manx Shearwater and (Atlantic) Puffin chicks were seen in 2005. By the end of 2013 over 1200 Manx Shearwater chicks have been ringed on Lundy. These successes are mirrored by increased numbers of seabirds in whole island censuses. Manx Shearwaters increased from ~300 pairs in 2001, to ~1000 pairs in 2007, to ~3000 pairs in 2013. Numbers of Puffins, Common Guillemots, and Razorbills are also the highest for many years. Another milestone was reached in 2014 when the first European Storm Petrel chick was ringed. Although adult Storm Petrels have been caught on the island, this was the first confirmed breeding for this species on the island, and means that there are now 11 species of seabird successfully breeding on Lundy.
Timeline

  • 6th March 1999 The LFS debates the motion "That eradication of rats from Lundy is both practical and desirable in order to contribute to the recovery of shearwater and puffin populations."
  • 2000 David Price organises 2000 Site Register survey of Auks, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, and Shags
  • 2001 Project officially formed as a partnership between Natural England, the RSPB, the National Trust, and the Landmark Trust.
  • May 2001 Helen Booker and David Price organise the first whole island tape-playback survey for Manx Shearwaters
  • November 2002 50m grid of 2100 bait stations placed
  • January 2003 First poison placed
  • Summer 2003 Warden led monitoring
  • October 2003 Second poison placed
  • 2004 David Price organises 2004 Site Register survey of Auks, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, and Shags
  • 2005 First Puffin chick seen [for 25 years??] by Ben Sampson
  • 2005 First Manx Shearwater chicks seen [since WW2], 7 chicks ringed
  • 2007 Helen Booker and David Price organise the second whole island tape-playback survey for Manx Shearwaters
  • 2008 David Price organises 2008 Site Register survey of Auks, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, and Shags
  • 2010 Helen Booker and Chris Townend conduct a tape-playback survey for Storm Petrels
  • 2013 David Price organises 2013 Site Register survey of Auks, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, and Shags
  • 2013 Helen Booker and David Price organise the third whole island tape-playback survey for Manx Shearwaters
  • 5th Oct 2014 Tony Taylor, Luke Philips and Tony John find and ring the first Storm Petrel chick.

Articles

    2010-2014

  • Booker, H. & Price, D. (2014) "Manx Shearwater recovery on Lundy: population and distribution change from 2001 to 2013" Journal of the Lundy Field Society 4:105-116
    [notes]
  • Campbell, D. (2014) "South West Ringers' Conference, Seaton, 5 April 2014" Devon Birds 67(2):25-28
  • Price, D. & Booker, H. (2014) "Breeding seabirds 'take off' on Lundy - results of the 2013 Breeding Seabird Survey" Devon Birds 67(2):29-31
    [notes]
  • Price, D., Slader, P. & Booker, H. (2014) "Breeding cliff-nesting seabirds 2013" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 2013 63:85-92
    [notes]
  • Price, D. (2013) "Manx Shearwater ringing - a diary" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 2012 62:65-70
    [notes]
  • Saunders, N. & Wheatley, S. (2012) "Atlantic Puffin (Fratercula arctica). Population, distribution and productivity on Lundy in 2009 and 2010" Journal of the Lundy Field Society 3:111-124
    [notes]
  • Brown, A., Price, D., Slader, P., Booker, H., Lock, L. & Deveney, D. (2011) "Seabirds on Lundy: their current status, recent history and prospects for the restoration of a once-important bird area" British Birds 104:139-158
    http://britishbirds.co.uk/article/british-birds-march-2011/
  • Booker, H. & Townend, C. (2011) "Lundy Storm Petrel survey 2010" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 2010 60:81-84
    [notes]
    [PDF 564] Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 2010 60
  • Saunders, N. & Wheatley, S. (2011) "Update on the productivity of breeding Atlantic Puffins on Lundy in 2009 & 2010" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 2010 60:75
    [notes]
  • Wheatley, S. & Saunders, N. (2011) "Cliff nesting Seabird Productivity on Lundy 2010" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 2010 60:67-74
    [notes]
  • Booker, H. & Price (2010) "Manx Shearwaters on Lundy: a study of population and distribution change from 2001 to 2008" Journal of the Lundy Field Society 2:105-112
    [notes]
  • Wheatley, S. & Saunders, N. (2010) "Cliff nesting sea bird productivity on Lundy 2008" Journal of the Lundy Field Society 2:85-90
    [notes]
  • 2005-2009

  • Booker, H., Price, D. & Taylor, A.M. (2008) "Manx Shearwater breeding success on Lundy 2007" Journal of the Lundy Field Society 1:47-56
    [notes]
    Journal of the Lundy Field Society 1
  • Natural England (2008) " Seabird insurance policy pays dividends: Lundy wildlife thriving since rats removed" Press release
    [notes]
    Seabird insurance policy pays dividends

  • Saunders, N. & Wheatley, S. (2008b) "Puffin numbers on Lundy during Summer 2007" Journal of the Lundy Field Society 1:57-64
    [notes]
  • Saunders, N. & Wheatley, S. (2008a) "Puffin numbers on Lundy during Summer 2006" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 2006 56:50-56
    [notes]
  • Appleton, D., Booker, H., Bullock, D.J., Cordrey, L. & Sampson, B. (2006) "The Seabird recovery project: Lundy Island" Atlantic Seabird 8(1/2):51-60
    [notes]
    http://www.seabirdgroup.org.uk/?page=journalcontents&vol=8&no=1-2
  • 2000-2004

  • Appleton, D., Booker, H., Bullock, D.J., Cordrey, L. & Sampson, B. (2004) "Interim report on the sea bird recovery project: Lundy" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 2003 53:57-61
    [notes]
  • Price, D. & Booker, H. (2002) "Manx Shearwaters on Lundy: report on the results of a breeding season survey in May 2001" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 2000/2001 51:95-103
    [notes]
    Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 2000/2001 51
  • Stapp, P. (2002) "Stable isotopes reveal evidence of predation by ship rats on seabirds on the Shiant Islands, Scotland" J. Applied Ecol. 39(5):831-840
    http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118942210/abstract
  • Cole, L. & Reach, I. (2000) "Puffin numbers on Lundy during Summer 1999" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 1999 50:35-40
    [notes]
  • Hiscock, K. (1999) "Rats and seabirds on Lundy - report of a debate" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 1998 49:82-85
    [notes]
  • Davey, E. (1998) "Puffin numbers on Lundy during Summer 1997" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 1997 48:29-30
    [notes]
  • Griffith, S. (1996) "Puffin numbers on Lundy during June 1995" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 1995 46:27-28
    [notes]
  • Natynczuk, S.E., Smith, P.A., Oakeley, S.F., Evans, S.J. & Albone, E.S. (1993) "Rats and nesting sea birds on Lundy" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 1992 43:42-49
    [notes]
  • Smith, P.A., Smith, J.A., Tattersall, F.H., Natynczuk, S.E., Seymour, R. & Lancaster, V. (1992) "The Lundy Ship Rat expedition 1991" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 1991 42:95-98
    [notes]
  • Campey, R. (1990) "Puffin numbers on Lundy during June 1989" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 1989 40:28-30
    [notes]
  • Taylor, A.M. (1990) "Manx Shearwaters on Lundy: Further ringing studies and observations on breeding status" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 1989 40:31-33
    [notes]
  • Taylor, A.M. (1986) "Manx Shearwaters on Lundy: Ringing studies and other observations" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 1985 36:23-24
    [notes]
  • Thomas, D.H. (1982) "The size of the colony of Manx Shearwaters (Puffinus puffinus) on Lundy" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 1981 32:16-20
    [notes]
  • Perrin, M.R. & Gurnell, J. (1972) "Rats on Lundy" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 1971 22:35-40
    [notes]
  • Studdy, R.E. (1949) "Report on the Manx Shearwater" Annual Report of the Lundy Field Society 1948 2:25-26
    [notes]
  • Southern, H.N. & Tucker, B.W. (1944) "The Manx Shearwater on Lundy" British Birds 38:122-129
    [notes]

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