Puffin with sandeels, Isle of May NNR, Forth and Borders Area. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Puffin

This ever-popular seabird is widely distributed on islands around Scotland’s north and west coasts.

The puffin is long-lived but sensitive to changes in the distribution and number of fish they feed on. Healthy puffin colonies are thus seen as a sign of healthy and productive seas – and vice versa. You can spot this seabird on Scotland's islands and around its coasts.

Puffin (Fratercula arctica) at Sumburgh Head, Shetland. ©Lorne Gill/SNH. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Puffin (Fratercula arctica) at Sumburgh Head, Shetland. ©Lorne Gill/SNH.

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