Mixed results for seabird colony

A SURVEY of Yorkshire’s largest seabird colony has revealed both winners and losers this breeding season.

Razorbills at RSPB Bempton Cliffs enjoyed a great season with the average number of fledged young up almost a fifth from last year. It was also a successful year for guillemots, with productivity increasing a tenth.

But it was not good news for all species at the Yorkshire reserve. Staff at RSPB Bempton Cliffs recorded a 15 per cent decline in productivity for fulmars, while the average number of fledged kittiwakes per nest dropped by almost a quarter.