Puffin population drops

  • 17 May 2013
Puffins

Puffins are known as the clowns of the sea and are easy to spot because of their bright beaks and feet, but you might not see so many of them around this year.

The bad weather recently has meant thousands of birds across the UK have died, and experts fear this number could continue to rise.

Wardens on the Farne Islands in the North East of England, have now begun counting the puffins there, to keep a record of the local population.

The search is on

The birds make nests underground so finding out more about them can be tricky.

The team will have to search around 80,000 burrows to see how many puffins are actually living there, they will also count how many birds visit over the summer.

Wildlife wardens won't know the full impact on the local population until July.