Scotland's seabirds in further decline14/10/2013 11:29:00 New report confirms Scotland's continuing seabird decline
October 2013. A new report produced by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) confirms the results from previous years showing that Scotland's seabird numbers are continuing to decline, although there are two species that have fared better than others.
46% decline in Scottish seabird breeding
9 out of 11 species declined
Decline in chick numbers
Food shortages, weather and predation
SNH's Simon Foster said: "Unfortunately, these results aren't surprising as they echo the numbers of recent years, but there are many people and groups working hard to improve matters. Thanks to the huge effort from volunteers and professionals, we're now able to monitor seabird numbers much more effectively than in the past. It's vital that we continue to monitor the state of Scotland's seabirds and the marine environment and use this information to guide future actions.
Non-native predators - Brown rats and American mink
Scotland's seabirds are internationally important with around four million breeding seabirds of 24 species. The recent drop in numbers follows two decades of occasional years of poor breeding - but poor years have happened more often and with more severity since 2000.
This seabird indicator was prepared using data from the Seabird Monitoring Programme. The Seabird Monitoring Programme is a partnership project, led and co-ordinated by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and involving a range of conservation partners.
For the full seabird indicator report, see www.snh.gov.uk/docs/B424907.pdf .