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Leach's Storm Petrel
Leach's Storm Petrel
Leach's Storm Petrel sites cared for by the Trust
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St Kilda World Heritage Site

St Kilda

Some 90% of the European population of Leach's Storm Petrel breed on St Kilda.

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Some 90% of the European population of this species breeds on St Kilda, the only other significant UK colonies being on the Flannan Islands and North Rona.

Recently developed counting techniques have shown that the population has dropped by 45% in four years due, in part, to predation by Great Skuas.

Food

Planktonic crustaceans, molluscs, small fish and fish offal, taken from the surface while skimming or hovering. Rarely lands on the sea.

Nest site

In piles of stones or turf burrows> The nest ususally sits in a bare depression in the burrow.

Breeding

Mid May to mid August where one egg is laid.

Wintering

Tropics.

Distribution

Platonic crustaceans, molluscs, small fish and fish offal, taken from the surface while skimming or hovering. Rarely lands on the sea.

Other Information

Artificial burrows have been trialled on St Kilda with the first successful breeding recorded in 2012. It is hoped that these will facilitate research on the breeding success of this secretive species.

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