Puffin birds make comeback on Farne Islands

  • 19 July 2013
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The BBC's Fiona Trott tells us about the puffin count

Good news for puffin birds - they're making a comeback on the Farne Islands in north-east England.

A count on the habitat off the Northumberland coast shows there's been an 8% increase since the last count in 2008.

There had been worries after thousands of them died in severe winter storms.

There are now just under 40,000 pairs of nesting puffins across the eight islands.

But that's still lower than the 55,674 birds found living on the islands in 2003.

A team of 11 rangers have spent two months sticking their hands inside thousands of burrows to count nesting puffins.

David Steel, head ranger on the Farne Islands, said: "It comes as a real relief following some difficult years for them - with the flooding of burrows last year and a very challenging winter."