"For now we are young let us lay in the sun and count every beautiful thing we can see" Neutral Milk Hotel.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

48 fat Fulmar chicks, a handful of moths, two bugs and a hover

I carried out the annual (August) Seabird Monitoring Programme count of Fulmar chicks along Hunstanton Cliffs today. I found 48 chicks. The June SMP census of Apparently Occupied Nests revealed 95 AONs, so that's a productivity of  0.505 chick per AON - pretty much on a par with the last four years. I started the counts in 2007: here's the data.....

Year       AON     Productivity
2007     131         0.19
2008     110         0.12
2009     137         0.42
2010     137         0.33
2011     115         0.54
2012     91           0.57
2013     95           0.43
2014     95           0.51

If you like these sorts of data, you can access count and productivity data for all species at seabird colonies throughout Britain and Ireland at www.jncc.gov.uk/seabirds, where you can also read and download a report (updated annually) on national trends in seabird numbers. 

Platycheirus granditarsus, Redwell Marsh, 12th August 2014

Phytocoris tiliae, Old Hunstanton, 12th August 2014

Liocoris tripustulatus, Old Hunstanton, 12th August 2014

Marbled Beauty, Hunstanton, 14th August 2014

Orange Swift, Hunstanton, 14th August 2014

Saltmarsh Bell, Hunstanton, 14th August 2014

Agriphila geniculea, Hunstanton, 14th August 2014

Common Flat-body, Hunstanton, 14th August 2014

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