Scottish Sea Birds In Trouble
New research shows that sea birds are facing a precipitous decline in numbers on the coast of Scotland. The populations of birds such as the guillemot and kittiwake have fallen by as much as 63% since 2000, according to the RSPB. This could be because food supplies are getting scarcer and recent research shows that due to this, sea birds are having to travel even further and further to find sustenance.
A study of birds living on the northern islands of Scotland found some were flying as far south as Dundee - some 217 miles - to find the sandeels and other small fish they feed on. The Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment (FAME) RSPB-backed project traced the birds' flight patterns using GPS technology, while a separate study by the RSPB found Scottish seabirds were "in big trouble", with populations in Orkney and Shetland in decline.