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.

Profile of a puffin
Puffin (Fratercula arctica) at Sumburgh Head, Shetland
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Puffin comes home
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A short video showing a puffin coming ashore to its nest burrow with food

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