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Storm Petrel sitting on a nest. ©David Whitaker/ Highland WIldlife Photography. For information on reproduction rights contact the Scottish Natural Heritage Image Library on Tel. 01738 444177 or www.nature.scot

Storm petrel

This small seabird spends almost all of its life out at sea, only returning to shore to breed.

Storm petrels breed on land in burrows, in crevices between boulders or sometimes in dry stone dykes.

Storm petrels are common but confined to islands that are free of invasive species such as rats. Counting storm petrels is difficult because they only come back to burrows at night

Protection of storm petrels

Find out how Scotland’s wild birds are protected.

Learn about birds and licensing.

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