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    A stretch of coastline in the north of the Isle of Man has been designated by the government as an Area of Special Scientific Interest to protect bree

    NewsBird NewsFriday 14 October 2011
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    More than 35 bird species use the steep rocky cliffs and grassy slopes that stretch from Port-e-Vullen to the Maughold lighthouse to breed.

    A further 47 species of birds are also thought to use the 53-hectare area. In addition to providing valuable nesting habitat, the cliffs also support patches of diverse grassland.

    The designation follows a four-month consultation between the Isle of Man's Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture, Manx National Heritage and local farmers.
     
    DEFA Minister John Shimmin said: "I am happy to confirm this designation.It has the full support of the community and provides protection for a number of our coastal birds, giving recognition to the importance of this site".
     
    Kittiwakes, puffins, shags, cormorants, fulmar, guillemots and peregrine falcons all use the rocky cliffs.

    Puffins

    Source: BBC News

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