Oban ‘Puffarazzi’ wanted to help conservation bid
CALLING all ‘Pufferazzis’ – the RSPB is asking visitors to puffin colonies to photograph the vulnerable birds in order to find out what they feed their young.
Puffarazzi is part of Project Puffin, which launched earlier this year with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland.
The project aims to find out more about what puffins feed their chicks, where they go to find food and how their numbers are changing by combining the latest technology with citizen science.
Puffin numbers have plummeted in recent years, across the UK and Europe, leading to the species being declared vulnerable to global extinction.
Dr Ellie Owen, who is leading Project Puffin, said: ‘Puffins are facing huge declines over the next 50 years.
‘It’s estimated their numbers will go down by between 50 to 70 per cent by 2065 – so it’s really important that we act now to help them.
‘Anyone can take part in Puffarazzi. There are some easy steps to follow to ensure that the information being gathered by the images submitted is scientifically robust, and that puffins, and other wildlife, aren’t disturbed while the photos are taken.’
For specific guidelines and to find out more about the project, visit www.rspb.org.uk/projectpuffin.
Puffin numbers have suffered serious decline.