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THE LIVING WORLD
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Sunday 06:35-07:00
The Living World is a gentle weekend natural history programme, presented by Lionel Kelleway, which aims to broadcast the best, most intimate encounters with British wildlife.
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Sunday 25 September 2005
A fulmar on Eynhallow
A fulmar

The Fulmars of Eynhallow

The fulmar is a grey and white 'gull-like' seabird with a tube shaped nose and is a relation of the albatross. The fulmar glides low over the sea on rigid wings and shallow wingbeats. When defending their nests, they can discourage intruders by spitting out a foul-smelling oil.

Lying between the two islands of Mainland and Rousay, Enyhallow became uninhabited in 1851 as a result of the notorious Highland Clearances that were part of the British agricultural revolution in 19th century.

Today, the island acts as a sanctuary to many bird species, one of which is the fulmar. The University of Aberdeen have been conducting a bird study on the fulmar for over 50 years and Paul Thompson is the current director of the project.

Whilst on the island, Lionel accompanies Paul on one of his routine days, travelling from nest to nest and weighing chicks. The survey in 2004 revealed a worryingly bad year for breeding success, with only four chicks fledged from the whole colony.
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