Popular puffin walks return

Kirsty Nutt

Monday 6 June 2016

Puffin-lovers throughout Aberdeenshire are invited to join walks at a local nature reserve to spot them.

The 'Pick Out A Puffin!' walks will take place at RSPB Scotland's Fowlsheugh nature reserve, just south of Stonehaven over the next month starting on Tuesday 7 June at 7 pm.

Each year, more than 100,000 seabirds return to breed at Fowlsheugh and it is internationally important because of the numbers of seabirds that breed there. In recognition of its importance the cliffs are designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest under UK law and a Special Protection Area under European law.

Kirsty Nutt from RSPB Scotland said: "Fowlsheugh is one of my favourite places to visit at this time of year. Thousands of guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes are back on the cliffs ready for a busy breeding season. Experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of a bustling seabird colony is a wildlife spectacle that's not to be missed and on these evening cliff-top rambles, there's a good chance you'll spot a puffin or two as well!"

The walks take place on Tuesday 7 June, 21 June and 5 July at 7.00 pm. They are lead by a local volunteer and participants are asked to meet at the reserve entrance 10 minutes before the walks start. Places are very limited so booking is essential. There is a £5 suggested donation (£3 with a RSPB membership card). To book a place or for more information, please call 01346 532017 or email strathbeg@rspb.org.uk

1. The RSPB is the UK's largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife so our towns, coast and countryside will teem with life once again. We play a leading role in BirdLife International, a worldwide partnership of nature conservation organisations.

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