More than seven million seabirds breed across the UK each year and some species have more than half of their global populations in Britain and Ireland. Unfortunately, today many of our famous seabird populations are in decline. To gain an understanding of how seabird populations are changing, period censuses of all breeding seabirds in Britain and Ireland have been historically carried out - Operation seafarer (1969-70); the Seabird Colony Register (1985-88) and Seabird 2000 (1998-2002).
With many changes happening in the marine environment, there is now a pressing need to census our breeding seabirds again. The RSPB is working with many other partners to build nationwide support for seabirds through the next national census and to help people to learn about, become inspired by and to become involved with the monitoring of some of our most charismatic birds.