New plan to get puffins back on Ramsey Island

  • 28 April 2014
Nel finds out how puffins are being encouraged back to the island

Puffins left Ramsey Island over a hundred years ago, when rats from a sinking ship infested it.

The rats destroyed the puffins' nests and ate their eggs, so the puffins fled the tiny island, west of Wales.

But now the rats have gone and bird protection charity the RSPB is using a sound system to try to persuade the birds to return.

Hear the puffin sound system in action

The solar-powered sound system plays a recording of the puffins' call on a loop, to trick the birds back ashore.

What's so special about Ramsey Island?

Conservationists are also trying to encourage more puffins ashore by placing fake 'colonies' of dummy birds in conspicuous places, to make it look like there are puffins in residence already.