Seabirds and the marine ecosystem
Although seabirds return to land to breed, most of them obtain nearly all of their food from the sea and spend the bulk of the year away from land.
They are therefore part of the marine ecosystem and their fate is closely linked to it. We can learn much about the health of the sea by studying the success of seabird breeding colonies.
Almost a fifth of all the seabirds in Scotland breed on Trust properties.
Whether among the wheeling clamour of nearly a million birds at the remote islands of St Kilda or on more accessible, but no less crowded cliffs of St Abbs Head, seabirds throng our coastal sites.
Even some of our lesser known properties, such as Murray’s Isles off Gatehouse of Fleet, contain regionally important colonies of gulls and cormorants.