Bird SilhouetteAlmost a fifth of all of the seabirds in Scotland breed on National Trust for Scotland properties.

Whether among the wheeling clamour of nearly a million birds at the remote islands of St Kilda or on the more accessible but no less crowded cliffs of St Abb’s Head, seabirds throng our coastal sites. Even some of our lesser known properties, such as Murray’s Isles off Gatehouse of Fleet, contain regionally important colonies of gulls and cormorants.

Click on the map of Scotland to explore some of our Seabird colonies.

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Canna Seabird Recovery Project

A major project is under way to allow the recovery of the island's seabird colonies which are threatened by predation from Brown Rats. The project aims to eradicate rats from the island and is funded through the EU LIFE Nature Programme with assistance from SNH

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Canna Seabird Recovery Project Leaflet. Click on the icon below to download a pdf file of the leaflet (587kb)

Project Leaflet

Check out new Progress reports on line. Click icon below to access:

No 44: February 2007


Manx Shearwater success on Canna For more information on the first chick to be reared since 1997 double click on icon below

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Canna Project wins prestigous award For more information double click on icon.

2006 seabird breeding season. A late start to the 2006 breeding season and a lack of sandeels takes its toll on Scottish seabirds. For more details double click on icon.

Canna Seabirds show signs of recovery - July 2006.Click on icon for more information on how birds have responded to the rat eradication campaign.

St. Abb's  2006 breeding season report.  Click on icon for more information.

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