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European Storm Petrel
European Storm Petrel
European Storm Petrel sites cared for by the Trust
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European Storm Petrels can be found at Staffa, St. Kilda, Iona and Fair Isle.

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Another underground nester, this species prefers piles of boulders and dry-stone walls.

Found on St Kilda and Staffa, the largest colonies in Scotland are at Treshnish, Priest Island and Mousa, where they inhabit a ruined broch.


Crustaceans, small fish, cephalopods taken on the surface, carcases of whales and ship’s garbage.

Nest site

Arrives at nest site in darkness to undisturbed islands, islets. Nests in rocky outcrops, crevices, in walls, ruins, burrows and boulder beach.


Late May to mid June where one egg is laid.


Winters off of South Africa.


Mainly Scotland and west coast Ireland, northern and southern Europe.

Other Petrel, Shearwater family birds at Trust sites