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Puffins

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Puffins

Our the puffins there july august, when do they leave

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Almost all gone by late July I'm afraid. May is the best time for puffins.

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Early June best time for puffins.

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Just curious. Where do they go?

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Well up until a couple of years ago the answer would have been out into the Atlantic but no one knows where exactly.

However, the advent of smaller geolocators (small tags which can measure day length allowing an approximate position to be worked out) along with satellite tags and tiny GPS tags has revolutionised the study of bird migration. Professor Tim Guildford has been doing a huge amount of research on Skomer in recent years on many of the breeding seabirds and he has just started to find out where the Puffins go when they're not on Skomer, you can read about it here:

plosone.org/article/…2Fjournal.pone.0021336

The journal is open access so you can read the whole thing - if you're so enthused!

To summarise the results though, they do indeed move out into the Atlantic but areas around Iceland are also very important as is the sea west of Britanny.

Sorry for the long-winded reply!

Peter

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Just about to say that!! They leave Skomer by the end of July and come back March.

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Had planned to visit skomer in april will this be to early to see puffins

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Not sure they are back as early as March, late April yes, with numbers growing in the last weeks of the month. Fact sheet for puffins on Skomer: welshwildlife.org/wp-content/…Puffin.pdf

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