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UK’s smallest seabird is breeding on Isle of May for first time


Storm petrels have been confirmed breeding on the Isle of May, on the edge of the Firth of Forth, for the first time – around 200 miles from the nearest known colony.

The landmark discovery was made by scientists at the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) who carry out long-term seabird studies on the island, which is managed by NatureScot, Scotland’s nature agency.

NatureScot, UKCEH, the Isle of May Bird Observatory and the Environmental Research Institute (ERI) have suspected there may be a colony of the UK’s smallest seabird on the island since 2019, when storm petrels were first spotted displaying and calling. MORE

Header image: storm petrel. Credit: Ian Fisher.