Puffin population show growth of 10% since 2008

The number of beautiful little seabird, Puffin, has bounced back since 2008, after falling drastically earlier.

A study of England’s biggest Puffin colony, the Farne Islands, has revealed that their population has increased by 10 per cent over the last two years.

In 2008, researchers had recorded a fall of 30 per cent in the number of Puffins on the Farne Islands over the past five years, from 56,000 breeding pairs to 36,500.

The drastic falls in the Puffin populations had baffled experts, who blamed pollution and over-fishing in the North Sea for the decline.

Now, experts believe that the seabirds could have been hit by numerous bad storms in early 2008 which would have made it difficult for them to get their favorite food- sand eels.

Meanwhile, the GPS trackers, which were fixed on creatures to track their flight paths, have revealed that the seabirds feed 20 miles out to sea.

Speaking on the topic, Farne Island's head warden David Steel said, "If you're looking to protect areas, if you can start pinpointing if the birds are going to a certain area, then you can start protecting those areas.”

The British government has already announced that it was committed to create a network of Marine Protected Areas around the coastline by 2012.