Seabirds windfarm interactions – Skokholm

Species: Lesser Black-backed Gull

Having explored the interactions between Lesser Black-backed Gulls and wind farms at a colony on the east coast of Britain, we have now expanded this project to include two colonies on the west cost of Britain, South Walney in Cumbria, and Skokholm Island in Pembrokeshire.

Skokholm Island (51° 42′N, 5° 16′W) is part of the Skokholm and Skomer Special Protection Area (SPA).  The island is currently home to 1565 pairs of breeding Lesser Black-backed Gulls, but this has fallen from 4600 pairs in 1979.  It is therefore important to establish which areas of marine habitat are important to this population and how it might be affected by offshore wind farm developments, both during the breeding season and at other times of the year.

Lesser black-backed gulls in Skokholm

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Contact Persons:

Chris Thaxter, British Trust for Ornithology chris.thaxter@bto.org

Viola Ross-Smith, British Trust for Ornithology viola.ross-smith@bto.org

Willem Bouten, IBED-UvA w.bouten@uva.nl

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