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Guille­mots, Ra­zor­bills, Ful­mars and Kit­ti­wakes. The RSPB was al­ready leas­ing and man­ag­ing the 40-acre site as a re­serve, but now hopes it will be­come a show­case for marine wildlife. RSPB Scot­land site man­ager Dave Jones said: “Dun­net Head re­ally is an amaz­ing place. The views across to Orkney are ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful, but for us, the most im­por­tant as­pect is the breed­ing seabirds and the op­por­tu­nity this site gives vis­i­tors to see th­ese charis­matic birds. “Many of our seabird species are in se­ri­ous de­cline, so it is cru­cial that their breed­ing sites are prop­erly pro­tected. We are de­lighted to be tak­ing over as cus­to­di­ans for this spe­cial place. For­mer owner Ben Col­son and his fam­ily cared for Dun­net TUFTED PUF­FIN: With a global pop­u­la­tion of greater than 3.5 mil­lion in­di­vid­u­als and a very wide dis­tri­bu­tion in the North Pa­cific, this spec­tac­u­lar Puf­fin is clas­si­fied as Least Con­cern. How­ever, the pop­u­la­tion trend ap­pears to be one of de­crease, with par­tic­u­lar pres­sure from pre­da­tion by in­va­sive species. A Puf­fin in full breed­ing re­galia in its typ­i­cal clifftop habi­tat. They nest in bur­rows HORNED PUF­FIN: The global pop­u­la­tion of this species is es­ti­mated to be greater than 1.2 mil­lion in­di­vid­u­als, with a wide dis­tri­bu­tion across the north­ern Pa­cific. Also cur­rently rated as Least Con­cern, though there is a de­cline in pop­u­la­tion at­trib­uted to pre­da­tion by in­va­sive species and habi­tat de­struc­tion. Head for many years and, like Ben, we wish to see this amaz­ing seabird city looked af­ter for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions to en­joy.” Ben Col­son said: “We owned the land at Dun­net Head for over a quar­ter of a cen­tury and our ob­jec­tive through­out has been to en­sure that it is not com­mer­cially de­vel­oped. So, while sad to be end­ing our re­la­tion­ship with the head­land, we are de­lighted to have been able to agree this sale with RSPB Scot­land who I am con­fi­dent will en­sure it con­tin­ues as a place of wild beauty.” New leaflets de­tail­ing the nat­u­ral and ar­chae­o­log­i­cal her­itage of the site will be

The light­house at Dun­net Head, a new RSPB Puf­fin site

A Puf­fin re­turns from the sea, loaded with sandeels

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