Rare shearwaters near British coasts


This is a video from Italy about a Puffinus griseus – Sooty Shearwater.

From Wildlife Extra:

Great shearwaters, Sooty shearwaters and Balearic shearwaters all spotted of North East Coast

September 2007. Three rare species of seabirds from as far away as Tierra del Fuego, Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic, and the islands of the western Mediterranean have all been seen recently off the UK’s North East coast. The sightings of unusually high numbers of Great, Sooty and Balearic shearwaters highlights the importance of UK coastal waters for visiting wildlife from throughout the world. These shearwaters, all relatives of the albatross, are rarely seen near land.

David Hirst of the RSPB Northern England region said: ‘The arrival of this remarkable trio of seabirds in the North Sea is an exciting event for birdwatchers, but also highlights the importance of the seas around the UK, not just for the seabirds that breed in the North East, but also for globetrotters from faraway oceans.’

Mr Hirst added ‘The RSPB is calling on the Government to recognise the growing global importance of the marine environment and ensure this autumn’s Queen’s Speech includes a Marine Bill that will provide new laws to protect Britain’s seas and they amazing wildlife that depends on them.’

Over-fishing, dredging, pollution and disturbance are among activities putting marine wildlife at risk and the RSPB is calling on the Government to fulfil its pledge to introduce new laws to protect our seas and the wildlife which depends on them.

The RSPB is asking people to pledge their support for better protection for the marine environment. For more information click on www.rspb.org.uk or call 0191 233 4300.

SeaWatch SW, the voluntary seabird counting organisation, is calling for your Balearic Shearwater records to help make its annual tally as comprehensive as possible: here.

Balearic shearwaters take “female only” migrations to France over the summer, say scientists: here.

Marine life in danger near Britain: here.

Marine life of Lyme Bay, England: here.

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