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RSPB Scotland responds to the latest seabird indicator for Scotland

Last modified: 18 March 2016

Kittiwake taking off from sea

Image: Kaleel Zibe

Scottish Natural Heritage today published the Seabird Biodiversity Indicator Report 2016, using information collected from the Seabird Monitoring Programme.

Responding to this, Alex Kinninmonth, Head of Marine Policy at RSPB Scotland said: “These latest figures show the real value in dedicated monitoring of seabird populations in Scotland, and certainly contain promising news for species including kittiwake and Arctic tern. However, this glimmer of hope is set against a backdrop of severe and long term population declines of up to 90% in some places.”

“If the downward trend is to have any chance of being reversed, there needs to be a concerted effort to ensure there are safe places on land for seabirds to nest and the areas at sea that are critical for seabird survival are protected."

Scottish Natural Heritage’s press release about the report can be read here

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