Kittiwake colony in Svalbard


In this 15 July 2018 Dutch video, Arctic biologist Maarten Loonen is at a kittiwake nesting colony near Ny-Ă…lesund in Svalbard.

He tells that, because of the birds’ dung, spoonwort plants grow here. In the seventeenth century, spoonwort was important for whalers then in Svalbard, as its vitamin C content helped against scorbut.

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