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Northern Fulmar
Northern Fulmar
Northern Fulmar sites cared for by the Trust
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St Kilda World Heritage Site

St Kilda

The largest colony of Northern Fulmars is on St Kilda with substantial numbers at Mingulay, Fair Isle and Unst.

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Barely 100 years ago, the Northern Fulmar was rare in the UK, with the only colony to be found on St Kilda.

It has expanded in range dramatically and is now found around the coast of Scotland. The largest colony is still on St Kilda with substantial numbers at Mingulay, Fair Isle and Unst.

Food

Mainly fish and fish waste from fishing boats, also carrion such as whale, seal. Can plunge dive to 4m.

Nest site

On ledges of cliffs at all heights and also sand dunes in north of Scotland. No nest material used and lays one egg.

Breeding

May to July with young fledging August to September.

Wintering

Some move to Bay of Biscay but most west to north-east into Atlantic and Northern seas.

Distribution

UK, Ireland, Faeroes, Iceland, Norway, Spitsbergen.

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