Wardens Play Long Game with Decoy Puffins
In order to lure puffins back to Ramsey Island off the coast of Wales, wardens at the nature reserve are using over 200 “decoy” puffins. They have placed 200 look-alike models around the island in a bid to tempt real puffins to stop by and eventually settle. Puffins disappeared from the island at the end of the 19th century as brown rats arriving on ships began to see them as easy prey. Although the rats have now been eradicated, puffins have still not returned to their homes on the island over 110 years later. The nature reserve wardens say that the tactic of “decoy” puffins to lure the birds could be a long game, and results may not be seen for many years. That said, puffins have been noticed much closer to the island – they just haven’t actually been noticed on it yet.